An investment in 20 calf hutches has provided Randalstown dairy farmer Sam Hill with what he firmly believes to be the perfect environment in which to manage calves during the first – and all important two to three weeks of life.
“We are calving cows for 11 out of the 12 months of the year,” he said.
“Traditionally, we would have reared calves in pens, that were grouped together. But what we found was that once a single calf took ill, the problem spread to all the other animals alongside it. Another problem was the fact that we could never clean...