US professor in town to lead calf workshop at Greenmount

Prof Mike van Amburgh, Cornell University, USA is keynote speaker at the calf rearing workshop on the Greenmount CAFRE Campus next Tuesday, Dec 8. A researcher and communicator of international renown, the Professor conducted ground-breaking research on the longterm impact of performance during the critical first 12 weeks in the life of a modern dairy heifer. ' This found that calves, which perform to their full potential from birth to weaning, grow into heifers that calve down at 24 months, have higher milk yield and a longer milking life.  At this Volac heifer rearing workshop Professor van Amburgh will provide practical advice on giving heifer calves the start in life that enhances lifetime performance.
Prof Mike van Amburgh, Cornell University, USA is keynote speaker at the calf rearing workshop on the Greenmount CAFRE Campus next Tuesday, Dec 8. A researcher and communicator of international renown, the Professor conducted ground-breaking research on the longterm impact of performance during the critical first 12 weeks in the life of a modern dairy heifer. ' This found that calves, which perform to their full potential from birth to weaning, grow into heifers that calve down at 24 months, have higher milk yield and a longer milking life. At this Volac heifer rearing workshop Professor van Amburgh will provide practical advice on giving heifer calves the start in life that enhances lifetime performance.

American university professor Mike van Amburgh leads the ‘Feed for Growth’ heifer rearing workshop at Greenmount College, Antrim, on Tuesday, December 8 from 10.45am to 3.30pm

It was his research team that first highlighted the huge impact of calf nutrition up to weaning on lifelong performance in the parlour.

Open to all farmers and vets the event is a unique opportunity to discuss calf feeding, housing and health with the professor and five other specialists from across the British Isles.

Included is Aberdeen-based consulting engineer Jamie Robertson, whose work on ventilation in both converted out buildings and new calf houses will give many milk producers pause for thought.

One survey found that 50% of converted outbuildings did not have adequate ventilation with often just simple adaptations needed to rectify costly faults.

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During the workshop Niall Jaggan will launch the new Volac ‘Feed for Growth’ programme for calf rearers in Northern Ireland.

As Global Products Manager at Volac International Niall offers a road map to maximising lifelong performance as explained at www.feedforgrowth.com.

Others with input to the heifer rearing workshop chaired by Greenmount Campus dairy head Ian McCluggage include: Mairéad O’Grady, ruminant veterinary advisor with MSD Animal Health will discuss lung worm prevention. Widely respected for her practical presentations at farm walks, Mairéad was previously in a Co Down mainly large animal practice.

Dr Steven Morrison, AFBI Hillsborough research scientist, will compare NI rearing results with those in other UK regions and identity opportunities for improvement.

Urging farmers to attend the Greenmount workshop Volac NI manager Alistair Sampson commented: “Calves fed six litres of milk replacer a day cost less to rear to 24 months than those fed four litres of milk replacer a day during their first two months.

“Calves on four litres a day must grow more later in life when their feed conversion efficiency is far lower to reach the target weights for first service at 15 months and calving at 24 months.

“During those first two months a calf can turn 50% of feed into growth, but from 11 months old until calving this falls dramatically to 10%.

PUBERTY

“Plus prior to puberty a heifer’s growth focuses mainly on bone and muscle, whereas in later life they gain more fat and are less feed efficient.

“Well grown calves develop in to healthy, productive heifers which need less attention in the service to calving period plus bringing them into the milking herd sooner helps maintain a compact calving pattern.”

To book your free lunch at the Greenmount heifer workshop next Tuesday email louella.lang@volac.com or tel; 07860 626 442.