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Managing Cold Stress in Young Dairy Calves: a Review

Prof. Dr. Jos Noordhuizen*


This paper addresses cold stress in young dairy calves, an underestimated phenomenon which may lead to economic losses when not properly dealt with. First, an overview is given considering the background of cold stress occurrence. Next, practical tips are described for managing cold stress and, when possible, prevent its negative effects. Distinguished are the three domains of general management, feed & feeding management and health management.It would be best when the veterinary practitioner sits together with the farmer to design protocols such as for routine monitoring of young calves, and to define the management measures to take before and when cold stress occurs. These protocols and management measures should be tailor-made for the individual dairy farm. The coaching role of the veterinary practitioner, like in the case of ap-plied herd health and productivity management programs, can be substantial for success.

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