Optimising calf management - thefirst 6 months

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About the course

About this course

Are you working in farm and mixed practice and want to improve the performance of your clients’ herds? Are you faced with the re-occurring problems of sick and unthrifty calves? Want some tips and tricks to help regardless of whether you are a new graduate or an advanced practitioner?

This course will provide you with the latest evidence on optimal calf rearing strategies, starting with management of the transition cow through birth and weaning until 6 months of age. The course format includes comprehensive notes with  diagrams, which will be useful in practice. Illustrated lectures will include plenty of time for questions and discussion. All lectures will include examples/case studies to consolidate information and help you apply it.

Why do this course?
• To understand how the vital transition period can affect the calf
• To revise the role of colostrum
• To obtain the latest information on immune responses and vaccination
• To understand how pre-weaned calf nutrition affects health and future performance
• To consider welfare aspects affecting calf management

Course details
Course type: Onsite - to be held at Kingston Maurward in Devon
Course format: Lectures and interactive discussion
Course length: One-day



Claire Wathes, BSc PhD DSc FRASE FRSB 
Professor of Veterinary Reproduction 
The Royal Veterinary College 

Peter Plate, Dr.med.vet MRCVS 
Lecturer in Livestock Veterinary Extension Services 
The Royal Veterinary College 

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