My last week in September was busy to say the least. On Monday myself and Amy Wilson headed up to Abersoch to Ty Newydd Farm who run a 150 dairy herd. We weighed a range of calf breeds from Hollstein cross Monties to Fresian cross Monties. On average the calves which were born in late August had an average weight of 63kg.
Fferm Gwyndy was the second farm visit of the day. We weighed on 50 dairy heifer calves with an age range of 2 days to 1 month.
Wednesday morning we headed back up to North Wales with the weighing scales to weigh another 50 dairy heifers at Glynllifon Agricultural College. The data gathered showed that the calves’ daily live weight gains were on target and overall health of the calves weighed was high. The calves born late August had an average daily live weight gain of 53kg. This suggests the calves are taking up sufficient colostrum at birth to boost their immunity levels. Therefore, they are able to effectively utilise the proteins for growth and development from the milk powder they are consuming.
It’s been a hectic month of calf weighing but I have enjoyed working with the Youngstock Team. My diary is now filling for October and I am looking forward to another busy month.