Emma Martin with vet Sarah Caldwell and calf-rearer Jane Hick.Emma Martin (centre) with vet Sarah Caldwell (left) and calf-rearer Jane Hick. ©Jim Wileman
Switching to a three-month on, three-month off block calving system has helped improve cow fertility and calf health at Trethick Farm, St Mabyn, Cornwall. Previously the 1,000-cow herd calved round the clock, but owner Emma Martin says it was making work life hectic. “We were constantly calving, AI’ing, drying off and having vet pregnancy checks with no break. “Also, our replacement heifers were born throughout the year, which made the management of vaccinations and service times difficult compared with the […]