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Measuring health and performance in preweaning dairy calves
  1. Virginia Sherwin,
  2. Chris Hudson,
  3. Andrew Henderson and
  4. James Breen


The main aim of calf rearing is to produce a healthy calf that is achieving the target growth rate. Calf mortality rate and daily liveweight gain represent appropriate bottom-line ‘output’ measures for evaluating the success of a calf-rearing programme, and they are affected by various ‘inputs’ or aspects of the calf-rearing process. This article summarises how these outputs can be monitored, and highlights how some key input areas can be assessed when output targets are not met.

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