Following on from the success of Farmers Weekly’s Youngstock: Stop the Loss campaign, the National Youngstock Association has teamed up with the RABDF to host a series of farm walks on beef and dairy youngstock rearing.

The aim of the walks, which are supported by Farmers Weekly and DairyCo, is to provide farmers with information on calf health and welfare, with the view to improve the performance on beef and dairy calf rearing units.

Each walk will include a welcome by RABDF chief executive Nick Everington, a tour of the host farm with an introduction from the host farmer, as well as information on four key areas:

• Milk replacer – give your calves the best start, feed them right

 • Effective diet management of youngstock

• Youngstock disease – why prevention is better than cure

• Building design and ventilation

The farm walks will take place on the following dates:

• 28 February Millers Family, Shanael Holsteins, Greville Hall Farm, Evesham, Worcestershire

• 8 March Steven Bland, Clifton Jerseys, Clifton Lodge Farm, Penrith, Cumbria

• 13 March Tim Gue, Huddlestone Farm, Steyning, West Sussex

• 3 May Les Boam, Tagg Lane Grange, Monyash, Bakewell, Derbyshire

• 16 May Martin Wilson, Broadlea Farm, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie

Attendance to the farm walks is free, but producers must complete an attendance form available from the RABDF website at www.rabdf.org.uk.

• For more information on the Youngstock: Stop the Loss campaign, visit our dedicated web page at www.fwi.co.uk/stoptheloss. There is a whole host of information including top tips on calf rearing from leading experts, video how-to-guides, downloadable factsheets and farmer case studies.