Calf jackets are great and if used correctly can help preserve energy and increase growth rates. However if used incorrectly calf jackets can cause serious health problems.
We spoke to our National Youngstock Specialist Team Leader, Ann Coombes for some top tips on using calf jackets this winter.
During the first 3 weeks of life, calves are extremely vulnerable to changes in temperature and as a result calf jackets can help maintain their energy.
Low temperatures ranging between 10–15°C can be critical for calves. This is dependent on air speed but please be aware of the housing conditions. Premature calves and sick calves may need to wear jackets for longer so that they can build up their strength.
For more information on calf protocols, feeding programmes or jackets please contact your local Youngstock Specialist or send us an online enquiry here
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