Fiber Fresh have been farming and rearing calves for over thirty years at our head office base and farm in Reporoa. Each year we rear on average two hundred calves and have conducted numerous calf trials.
From years of experience we have developed tried and tested best practice guidelines proven to produce healthier, more productive calves year on year. The winning formula is not rocket science – and often it is the simple things done well that really make a difference.
Fiber Fresh recommend that the following best practice guidelines are implemented:
There are three key check points that should be considered before weaning your calves from milk:
If you can confidently tick these points off, weaning from milk can take place. At this time reduce the milk over three days then stop altogether. Continue with the same routine minus the milk and feed FiberGain® adlib during this transition period to ensure calves are settled before moving onto pasture.
Now that calves are on pasture continue to feed FiberGain® at a rate of 2kgs per calf per day until calves have met the desired weight. Calves should now be grazing like mini cows having experienced no weaning check.
For optimal results during the grass transition phase, start calves in a smaller paddock for the first two weeks. At the conclusion of these two weeks, calves will be fully ready to thrive on pasture alone in larger spaces.