B-21-15 - Development of systems to improve dairy origin beef young stock health and performance
Project Summary Successful calf rearing is critical for profitable dairy beef production.  Provision of adequate levels of nutrition and ensuring that animal health and welfare are optimised are fundamental to ensure calf rearing is done as efficiently as possible.  Calf morbidity during calf rearing results in calves not meeting target live weights and, therefore, increased costs within dairy beef systems.  This project aligns with a number of DARD and AgriSearch funded research programmes conducted at AFBI Hillsborough looking at the rearing calves from the dairy herd for both dairy...

Duration 3 years starting Autumn 2006 Team and Leader Dr S Kennedy, Dr D Graham, Dr H Ball Organisations Involved Veterinary Sciences Division (VSD) Background and Summary VSD investigations have shown that: 90% of affected farms within 500m od a source of poultry litter 5 - 10% of farms had weak or no apparent links with litter 33% of farms had poultry litter spread on affected field or stacked on farm 46% of farms had poultry litter stacked or spread on adjacent farm. Costs to farmers: Cattle deaths - up to 60+ beef cattle Loss of...