Dale Byers approximately 150 cows and heifers mainly throughout the winter months, meaning a significant number of replacement heifer calves being housed without any real rest periods. This constant flow of calves was leading to a build-up of diseases such as scour and pneumonia resulting in high treatment costs, reduced calf performance and more labour changes were needed.
Lots of research has been done on ventilation and best practice when it comes to rearing calves and the advantages and disadvantages of the different options available:
Dale Byers decided to purchase cubicles, mattresses and calving gates from Teemore Engineering. On large farms in the USA, they almost all use single hutches and these guys cannot afford to get It wrong.