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Podcast: Dairy calves and heifers – why reaching target weight is so important to their future production

May 4, 2022 | Calf rearing, Dairy, Dry stock animal health & welfare, Podcast, Young Stock

Emma Franklin & Travis Scott, Veterinarians, Anexa Vet Services

Join Anexa Dairy Vets for this relaxed, yet informative, veterinary podcast for dairy farmers and their farm staff. This podcast series, In One Ear and Out the Udder is aimed at all staff on the farm, who are interested in learning more about the animal health issues affecting dairy cows in New Zealand. Designed to be an easy-listen while you are bringing the cows to the shed for milking or hosing down the yard, these interview-style chats aim to help create common knowledge on farm and provide some points for discussion amongst the whole farm team.

In this episode of Anexa’s Podcast, In One Ear and Out the Udder, vets Emma Franklin and Travis Scott chat about the need to regularly monitor and record weights of dairy calves and heifers. Travis explains why it is so important to reach weight targets for heifers’ future production and reproduction and tells Emma about new research that shows that weight gain pre-weaning is critical to an animal’s lifetime productivity.

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