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20-11-2017

Winter weather and calf performance

With winter approaching it is important to keep in mind the impact that both wet and cold weather can have on youngstock performance.

Cold Conditions
Achieving good calf growth rates during prolonged periods of cold weather is challenging as calves will divert energy reserves away from growth to help maintain a comfortable body temperature. If extra feed is not supplied to help compensate for this extra drain on energy, calves will experience poor growth rates and increase their susceptibility to illness or bacterial infection.

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