Handbook of Calf Health and Management, A Guide to Best Practice Care for Calves

By Sophie Mahendran

Handbook of Calf Health and Management, A Guide to Best Practice Care for Calves PDF is A guide to calf management authored by veterinarians with years of experience in both practice and research. The focus is on rearing a calf for optimal health and enhanced productivity, with a focus on welfare and best practice.

Handbook of Calf Health and Management employs a lifecycle approach to management, seeing the calf through from conception to bulling age. Topics covered include feeding strategies and feeding behaviour, hygiene, weaning, grazing, husbandry advice and disease management. The approach throughout is of animal and keeper working together. The information presented has a solid research foundation and is evidence based and up to date. Practical tips from the authors’ own experience are also included.

Handbook of Calf Health and Management is a must have book for both cattle veterinarians, veterinary students, farmers and stockpeople with an interest in calf management.

Table of Contents

Contributors viii
Preface ix
Abbreviations x
1. Pregnancy and the pre-partum environment
Claire Wathes and Sophie Mahendran

2. Calving
Sophie Mahendran and Claire Wathes

3. Colostrum management
Claire Wathes

4. Calf housing and the environment
Tom Shardlow and Sophie Mahendran

5. Feeding the pre-weaned calf
Esme Moffett and Sophie Mahendran

6. Monitoring growth and the weaning period
Nicola Blackie and Claire Wathes

7. Care of the post-weaning calf
Sophie Mahendran and Claire Wathes

8. Calf health management
Sophie Mahendran and Richard Booth

9. Dairy sourced beef
Benjamin Barber

10. Economics of calf rearing
Peter Plate Appendix

Index

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