Calf Health will run until 26 October and will cover both beef and dairy calf production systems, focusing on identification, treatment, review planning and disease prevention. The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) has supported the organisations in formulating an action plan for the use of antibiotics in cattle.
NFU dairy board vice chairman, Paul Tompkins said that calf health is of “utter importance” to farmers. He said: “Undertaking a proactive approach to health planning is key to minimising any threats of disease.
“Rearing calves can pose many challenges from colostrum management to the transition from unit to unit so it is important to think ahead and have a strategy in place to be able to successfully deal with and prevent ill health.”
He added: “It is fantastic to see so many cross-industry organisations come together in support of this campaign and provide an initiative that will benefit farmers, their businesses and their animals.”
Tim Potter, member of the cattle antibiotics group, said: “Taking simple proactive steps to maximise health can ensure calf welfare and performance while helping to reduce the need for antibiotic use on farm.”