SAM Johnston from Fintona runs an
85-cow Danish Jersey herd with a
year-round calving system with a herd average of 7,600kgs of milk at 6.08 per cent BF and 4.25 per cent PR.
He explains: “It is vital that my calves get off to a good start in life.”
Sam takes great prides in ensuring calf health is a priority on his farm and states: “I believe I owe a lot of this success to the quality of Fane Valley Stores’ Kalvostart Milk Replacer.
“It’s a superior product that I have been using for almost five years and never had any issues. I aim to calve all my heifers between 20 and 22 months with no concentrate given at grass and only 1kg/head during the housed period of their second winter.
“In terms of performance, I believe the nutrition that my calves get in the first months of life sets them up for a healthy, long life. Calves get colostrum as soon as possible and for their first three days/six feeds and the seventh feed will be Kalvostart and that’s them until weaning at 7/8 weeks.”
Along with calf nutrition, Sam firmly believes that hygiene in the dry cow area, calving pens and calf house are of the upmost importance and that it is essential that an abundance of fresh air flows through the shed but crucial that there is no direct draught down at calf level.
Kalvostart is a premium milk replacer for rearing calves, based on a high quality and easy digestible whey protein, to help stimulate the development of healthy gut tissue.
For more information on Kalvostart or advice on calf nutrition please contact your local Fane Valley Store and speak to its experienced staff.