The negative effect of stress on people’s health is well known, but graziers too are beginning to appreciate that it has the same effect on their herds. Poor nutrition due to weaning stress contributes to health problems in young cattle.
The conventional approach of abruptly separating cows from calves at weaning is very different to the slow and gradual weaning process that would occur naturally. Yard weaned calves show a higher tendency to stress related diseases, while their mothers also lose condition. → Read more
Using a weaning device is not normally associated with the dairy industry as most calves are taken off their mothers at birth and bottle fed. But this practice often leads to calves attempting to suckle each other, potentially causing future udder damage and loss of milk production.
Dairy farmers across Australia have found a solution to this problem by using an anti-suckling device on their calves. → Read more
Whether it is Bos Indicus, British, Euro or composite cattle being bred; weaning calves involves the two phases of separation of calf from cow, and cessation of the cow’s lactation.
These events can cause considerable stress and potential weight loss but EasyWean® noserings can offer an alternative. → Read more
The hallmarks of the annual calf weaning – lots of bellowing, roaming of fence lines and weight loss – are disappearing on some properties, to be replaced by a ferocious-looking nose ring.
The EasyWean® nosering, distinguished by its bright orange colour and blunt spikes, was developed in South Africa to allow calves to remain in the same herd as their mother, but to stop them visiting the udder. → Read more
Buyers at southern weaner sales this year showed a clear preference for yard-weaned cattle, but some producers are going a step further and using noserings for a similar result while keeping mother and calf together.
Badly-weaned calves leave the buyer – lotfeeder or finisher – to cope with a stressed animal prone to bawling, weight loss and with a greater susceptibility to sickness. → Read more