THE second annual #Calfmatters survey took place over the summer, with the aim of understanding some of the challenges facing anyone rearing calves over the past 12 months.
The first part of the survey concentrated on calf pneumonia, which remains the most commonly seen disease in both young and weaned calves. The RUMA taskforce has identified that the calf rearing phase is a hot spot of antibiotic use, for both the dairy and beef sectors, and has set targets to reduce antibiotic use during this stage.
Just over half of producers (56 per cent) in the #Calfmatters survey said that less than five per cent of calves had been treated for pneumonia in the past year.
That said, 39 per cent have still struggled this year and estimated they treated more than 10 per cent of calves for the disease.
There was a wide range of measures being implemented to prevent calf pneumonia but, overall, disappointing to see that 66 per cent of producers still do not vaccinate calves.