Calving & Care of the Newborn calf (Rebranded 2019)


• remove the calf from the calving area immediately and move to a clean calf pen • dress the navel cord as appropriate: o if you have no navel ill problems, do not alter your navel cord care

o if you have navel ill problems in your calves and you don’t currently dress the cord start doing so by dipping the cord in an antiseptic solution, for example, chlorhexidine or iodine, and/or focus on the other remedial measures listed here o if you have navel ill problems and you do currently dress the cord, alter your procedure (e.g. change from iodine to chlorhexidine, change from a teat dip to a navel dip solution, dip instead of spray) or stop doing it and focus on the other remedial measures listed here.

Incorrect cord care can do more harm than good. Discuss your procedureswith your local vet.

Points to Remember

Plan your calvings to minimise problems

Use correct navel care routine

Observe all calvings if possible

Clean pens and housing to minimise disease

Well grown first calvers are essential

Intervene only when necessary

TECHNICALWORKINGGROUP: Ingrid Lorenz – (Chair) University College Dublin, Charles Chavasse – Pfizer, Bernadette Earley - Teagasc, John Fagan – DAFM, Richard Fallon , LiamGannon – Volac, John Gilmore – Vet Practitioner, Ian Hogan – DAFM, Emer Kennedy - Teagasc, John Mee – Teagasc, Simon More - University College Dublin. Technical Working Group Rapporteur: Fionnuala Malone , Animal Health Ireland The contents of this leaflet are based on the following peer-reviewed review article compiled by the AHI TWG on Calf Health: Ingrid Lorenz, John F. Mee, Bernadette Earley, Simon J. More (2011): Calf health from birth to weaning. I. General aspects of disease prevention. Irish Veterinary Journal. 64:10.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE — DISCLAIMER While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the contents of this leaflet at the time of printing, no representation or guarantee is given, whether by AHI, its employees, subcontractors, agents, distributors or any other person, that the contents of this information leaflet are comprehensive, up to date, or free from error or omissions, nor that the advice provided is appropriate in every particular circumstance. The contents of this information leaflet are not intended to be a substitute for appropriate direct advice from a veterinarian. Appropriate veterinary advice should be taken before taking or refraining from taking action in relation to the animal disease dealt within this information leaflet. If reusing material in this leaflet, please attribute AHI as the source of the information. Calf leaflet Series Vol. 1, November 2011

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