Calf Health: Virbac Boosts Its Expertise

Calves are especially vulnerable in the first few weeks after giving birth and it is important to have the calf checked regularly to make sure everything is as it should be. The next step is a good routine to ensure a successful season.

In the first two weeks of life, 30% of calves experience health problems, especially diarrhea or respiratory diseases. In the latter case, the mortality rate can be as high as 10%. 

Calf health management is a central issue, especially as it relates to animal welfare, but also livestock profitability: Animal health has a direct effect on the quality of future meat or dairy production. Therefore, optimal calf health management is needed from birth.

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Beef production: towards higher quality

Raising the awareness of all parties involved in cattle production about calf health issues, particularly through meetings with farmers, will improve the quality of life for animals and subsequently the production of meat and milk.

Incidentally, calf health management is the first part of a program dedicated to the health of cows, especially dairy cows. This program offers breeders a global vision that combines wellness solutions with good administrative practices and positions as the partner of choice for veterinarians and breeders in calf health.

Some steps are a good routine to ensure a successful season.

-Make sure the calf nose is moist and warm.

-Check the joints to make sure there is no swelling or stiffness.