Many current studies demonstrate benefits into the first lactation of growing calves well. This additional growth and performance has long term health and production benefits well beyond higher weaning weights.
All so you can sleep easier as your calves grow better.
Calf rearing in NZ has come a long way over the past few decades. However, our current Achille’s Heel is the period immediately post-weaning. Records from our grazing properties show that crossbred calves under 120kglwt, are less likely to perform well than those over 120kglwt when they move to an all pasture system. That’s because a rumen isn’t fully developed and capable of delivering from pasture alone all the nutrients a weaner needs until they reach these higher weights.
The objective of calf rearing is more than hitting a target weight as fast as we can. It’s also about ensuring we develop a strong healthy rumen, skeleton and a robust immune system. Expecting weaners to do this on grass only from 100kg will undo much of the good work done during calf-rearing. Sometimes extra meal is not practical or affordable. At this point, GUTSY Weaner steps in.
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Gutsy weaner is the obvious choice to help move past our current Achille’s Heel into more productive and profitable young stock rearing systems.
If you require more information on these game-changing products, please talk to your Vet or your Franklin Vets Rural Trade Manager.
Dr David Hawkins BVSc