B-21-15 - Development of systems to improve dairy origin beef young stock health and performance
Project Summary Successful calf rearing is critical for profitable dairy beef production.  Provision of adequate levels of nutrition and ensuring that animal health and welfare are optimised are fundamental to ensure calf rearing is done as efficiently as possible.  Calf morbidity during calf rearing results in calves not meeting target live weights and, therefore, increased costs within dairy beef systems.  This project aligns with a number of DARD and AgriSearch funded research programmes conducted at AFBI Hillsborough looking at the rearing calves from the dairy herd for both dairy...

Duration 2 Years Team and Leader AFBI, Stormont Organisations Involved AgriSearch (Project Leader and Co-Funder), DARD Research Challenge Fund (Co-Funder), Ulster Farmers Union, AFBI - Stormont (Research Partner) Background and Summary Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) is the most significant endemic viral disease in the United Kingdom from both a welfare and an economic perspective, and the prospect of control and eradication of BVDV is currently the subject of considerable attention in both the UK and Ireland. The inefficiencies due to the production losses...