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

Several farm walks have already taken place up and down the country, but there is still the chance to attend two farm walks in the next few weeks:

3 May: Tagg Lane Grange, Monyash, Bakewell
Hosts: Les and Karen Boam, and son Jack
120 cow pedigree Jersey herd

16 May: Broadlea Farm, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie
Hosts: Martin and Karen Wilson
170 cow commercial Holstein herd

Attendance to the farm walks is free. But please note registration is essential with Sian Mercer at RABDF on 0845 458 2711 or email sianmercer@rabdf.co.uk.

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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.