- This event has passed.
Reducing suckler calf mortality – learnings from across the globe webinar
March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Dr Sophia Hepple and AHDB Beef & Lamb to learn about the correct management of newborn suckler calves, looking at management practices used across the globe.
Making sure all calves have consumed sufficient colostrum as soon as possible after birth is vital as it provides both protective antibodies (also known as immunoglobulins) and high-quality nutrition. This helps the calf fight disease and deliver high levels of performance. The calf’s ability to absorb the immunoglobulins in colostrum reduces significantly from around six hours after birth and is completely gone by 24 hours. The correct management of newborn suckler calves is vital to ensure full productivity in later life.
Dr Sophia Hepple (BVSc MRCVS DipWEL DipECAWBM(AWSEL) PhD NSch) is a Nuffield 2015 Scholar. Her scholarship was funded by AHDB Beef & Lamb and was titled ‘Evaluation of calf management practices in early life which can impact on long term survival and productivity.’ She is also an officially recognised Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons specialist in animal welfare, working in the Animal Welfare Team at the Animal & Plant Health Agency.