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Unlocking the Power of Plants to Promote Calf Rearing

01 November 2015


The plant kingdom offers an incredible diversity, and despite years of scientific study, secrets remain hidden in berries, flowers, leaves, peel, bark or roots. Even today, ongoing discovery of secrets regarding plants, spices and essential oils or extracts can reveal solutions to challenges in the everyday farm business.

The pathway to highly productive cows with good longevity starts with healthy calves and heifers.

However, according to the 2007 USDA report almost 8 per cent of heifer calves die before weaning; this represents not only direct economic losses but also losses of future economic benefits and genetic potential.

The latter is even more severe assuming a progressive breeding plan since calves normally have a higher genetic value than adult cows.

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