Skip to main content
What’s important during this life stage?
- Maintaining calf health
- Minimizing calf scours
- Getting calves on feed
- Weaning stress: Multiple stressors are present during weaning, including removal from the dam, new surroundings, commingling, new diets and transportation.
- Respiratory disease: Commingling of large groups of animals increases the risk of a novel pathogen being introduced to the herd.
- Scours: Calf diarrhea is commonly linked to stressful events, new environments and commingling.
- Variable feed intakes: This is one of the most stressful periods in a calf’s life, and it often takes its toll on a calf’s appetite.
Tips for maximizing health and performance
- Minimize weaning stress.
- Prolonged periods of stress have a negative impact on immune function, so it is important to reduce the number of stressors the animal must face.
- Provide access to clean food and water.
- Avoid overcrowding, as this can lead to limited access to feed and water.
- Reduced access to feed and water can lead to health challenges.
- Supply gut health supplementation with research-based products.
- A healthy gut not only contributes to efficient growth, it plays a critical role in preventing health challenges at feedlot arrival by helping to prepare calves for dietary changes.
- Provide proper nutrition.
- Supply a more nutrient-dense diet, as reduced feed intakes are common in newly weaned calves.