Fall Weaning: Spread out the Stressors

NOU5645August 11, 2015

By Kevin Hill, D.V.M.

The most stressful period in a calf’s life comes at weaning. This is due to both the separation from its dam and also the other activities that typically occur at this time, namely vaccination, shipping, co-mingling and nutritional changes. The key to reducing this stress is to spread out the stressors. That’s the essence of a pre-weaning program – it gets the calves prepared for stress well before the stress actually occurs. And with today’s high-value calves, now is the time to take a close look at the products and procedures available that can help reduce stress and improve calf health and productivity. Continue reading