Valuing our dairy farmers: ‘agriculture is our future’
At 8 a.m., when the milking of 110 cows was complete, I helped Jeannie van Dyk feed her calves and give them clean bedding. Jeannie has zero calf loss, due to excellent biosecurity and their housing and feeding regimes.
All the calves at Lellavan Farms in Noel Shore, Nova Scotia, are fed warm water. The calf hutches are modular, which allows them to be taken down for cleaning. The space is being moved to a positive airpressure system to ensure protection from disease. The calves are fed milk twice daily, more if they are premature or twins. They start solid food at around three weeks.