A survey of northern Victorian dairy farmers to investigate dairy calf management: colostrum feeding and management
AJ Phipps, DS Beggs, AJ Murray, PD Mansell, MF Pyman
AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2018
OBJECTIVES: To describe colostrum management practices carried out in northern Victorian dairy herds and to identify weaknesses in these areas that may affect calf health and welfare by comparing the results with the current industry recommendations METHODS: A questionnaire to obtain information about colostrum management and calf-rearing practices was sent to commercial dairy farming clients of Rochester Veterinary Practice between June and September 2013. The questionnaire consisted of a general herd overview and colostrum harvesting practices. RESULTS: The response rate was 39% (58/150). Many dairy producers were not meeting the current industry recommendations in the following areas: (1)..View full abstract
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The study was supported by the Rochester Veterinary Practice, Dairy Australia, Gardiner Foundation and the University of Melbourne. The authors thank the participating farmers for their assistance and involvement in this research.