UFU promotes #calfhealth campaign
Monday, 1 October, 2018
This October the UFU is embracing a national #calfhealth campaign to encourage farmers to review their businesses and see what steps they may be able to implement to improve profitability and calf health on-farm whilst reducing antibiotic usage.
Each year, between 450-500,000 calves are born in Northern Ireland and the collective efforts of farmers, vets, AFBI and DAERA have provided some useful insights into the main causes of calf mortality. Each year AFBI publishes the results of all animals submitted for post-mortem analysis with the top two causes of death for calves under 5 months old consistently being respiratory and enteric infections – two conditions that are readily preventable with the appropriate environmental and calf management strategies in place. Obviously, every farm faces its own unique set of challenges and as such, the UFU would encourage all producers to actively engage with their vets to review their own herd health picture and to develop both short and long term plans to improve their overall herd health. Over the course of the next 2 weeks, the UFU will be publishing a series of articles on disease response and prevention and would encourage all producers to think about what they might be able to do to on their farms to improve their #calfhealth.
Diagnosed cause of death in calves <1 month old (DOWNLOAD graph below)
Diagnosed cause of death in calves 1-5 months old (DOWNLOAD graph below)