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Suckling as an alternative rearing system for replacement calves on dairy farms

Langhout, Jos and Wagenaar, Jan-Paul (2004) Suckling as an alternative rearing system for replacement calves on dairy farms. Paper at: organic livestock farming: potential and limitations of husbandry practice to secure animal health and welfare and food quality, proceedings of the 2nd safo workshop, Witzenhausen, Germany, 25-27 march 2004.

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The aim is to develop an alternative calf rearing system for replacement calves that will improve animal welfare on dairy farms and meets the requirements of farmers in terms of practicality and cost. On the dairy farms that make use of a suckling system are calves suckled by their mother or a nurse cow, for a duration that ranges from three days up to three months. Compared to artificial calf rearing, suckling systems are beneficial to the welfare of calves. The calves will be nursed by their mother, suckled with milk, learn to eat roughage at a younger age, have social contact with other calves and cows and have space enough to exercise and play.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:calf rearing
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Deposited By: Steinbuch, Luc
ID Code:8093
Deposited On:13 Apr 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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