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Technical guide on mother-bonded and fostered calf rearing in dairy farming

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The practice of mother-bonded or fostered calf rearing is attracting growing interest among dairy farmers.

(February 23, 2015) 

FiBL and FOUR PAWS International produced a technical guide on innovative and animal-friendly systems of calf rearing.

Based on the experiences of some farmers with mother-bonded or fostered calf rearing, the guide describes different management systems and provides numerous suggestions for the implementation of mother-bonded and fostered calf rearing and for on-farm equipment requirements.

The practice of mother-bonded or fostered calf rearing is attracting growing interest among dairy farmers. More and more, dairy farmers seek to extend the time that calves are left with their mothers, while continuing to milk the mother cows. In this way, the cow and her calf are given the opportunity to experience a much closer and more natural relationship.

The technical guide can be ordered as printed version or is available as free download.

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