The first Great British Calf Week will take place from 2-9 February to celebrate the progress made by the industry since the launch of the GB Dairy Calf Strategy in 2020 and to raise awareness of the work of the strategy and how farmers can be involved .
The GB Dairy Calf Strategy is a cross-sector campaign, led by AHDB and the NFU, and aims to ensure that all dairy-bred calves are raised with care and for a purpose – as part of the dairy or beef supply chains.
The week will include a series of online events, webinars and farm walks, each focusing on a different aspect of successful calf management.
Topics range from practical on-farm approaches, such as colostrum management, to more strategic issues, such as genetics and selecting the right bull for your crossbred dairy calves.
Workforce, skills and business management will also be in the spotlight. The event offers farmers a unique opportunity to hear from recognized experts in the field and have all their questions answered.
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“Great British Calf Week will celebrate all the progress made through the GB Dairy Calf strategy,” said Nic Parsons, dairy development manager at AHDB.
“Farmers will also be able to hear a range of speakers discussing ways to maximize the health and nutrition of calves, for example, to ensure that each animal reaches its full potential.
“Making targeted breeding decisions is another way farmers can increase the value of their calves, ensuring that each calf born is fit for purpose.”
As an industry stakeholder in the GB Dairy Calf Strategy, Chris Dodds, Executive Secretary of the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) supports the initiative.
“It is important that each calf is presented for sale in good health and with as much health information as possible, to ensure strong market value.
“The LAA is supporting Great British Calf Week to promote this information, as we continue to work with our members to further enhance the benefits of the live auction system by providing calf producers with a fair and genuine market for their animals. “