oa Agriprobe - Beef production from dairy herds : Elsenburg Journal

Volume 11, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



There is an upsurge in interest in the raising of dairy bull calves; often from someone who wants to get into farming. Some land and/or infrastructure might be available together with access to bull calves from a nearby dairy farm. The usual reasoning behind this is that calf rearing is an easy-to-operate and well-paid venture. This is, however, not always the case, with many would-be farmers failing in starting-up such an operation. New farmers with limited funds and facilities need to be very careful before venturing into this high-risk operation.

To be successful in bull calf rearing, specific skills and knowledge of calf rearing is required. In this article some aspects of bull calf rearing are briefly discussed.

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