You need to remember a few essential things to make the journey to calf club and beyond fun and safe.
You need time and a love of the task of looking after your pet.
Milk – either powder, colostrum or from the milking shed – needs to be provided, as well as fresh water. There must be warm shelter with clean bedding, a safe enclosure, calf meal and access to grass.
Included in the essential kit are collar and lead, grooming equipment and a calf cover.
Over the following weeks Global Veterinary Services will cover a few veterinary points of interest to help with rearing and knowledge for the big day(s).
* Ensure calves are dehorned way in advance of calf club.
* Dock and castrate lambs ideally between one day and one week old. After six weeks the lamb will need veterinary attention to perform this little task as surgery.
* Ensure your pet has had colostrum in the first 1-4 days of its life. This milk provides protection against diseases early in the pet’s life and concentrated food.
* If you are feeding milk powder follow the instructions closely for volumes and mixing regimes. If using cow milk, calves need 2 litres twice daily, with hay and grass available from seven days. After two weeks meal can be provided.
* Always feed milk at 38 degrees Celsius, which is body temperature.
* Keep feeding utensils perfectly clean.
Next week we will delve into scours, what it is and how to prevent it.