Break in the weather wanted to keep newborn calves dry
The sound of young ‘‘moos’’ can be heard across the Matamata district as farmers head into calving season.
July marks the start of calving season for most farmers who are also hoping for a break in the wet weather.
One Matamata farmer spoken to by the Matamata Chronicle said after so much rain over the past month, they needed some dry weather to help keep calves and cows healthy.
Calves are susceptible to pneumonia if they get wet and cold too soon after being born and cow condition is affected because of the time spent on the yard or stand-off pad. This can affect current milk production and reproduction performance next season.
Despite the rain, there are basic steps that farmers need to be aware of when raising new calves.
A calf should be fed colostrum within six hours of being born to build up antibodies in their system.
From then on they require gentle feeding and individual attention in clean dry facilities.
They must be fed regularly and should have a good quality meal or fibre added to their diet to help develop their rumen as they grow.
Calving season generally lasts until the end of September.