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Calf Rearing course online. This course develops your ability to manage the rearing of calves for different agricultural purposes. It covers all aspects of calf rearing including Calf selection; Birth; Calf Diseases; Rearing Systems; Calf Housing, Weaning and Post Weaning.
Learning Goals: Calf Rearing BAG207
- Select calves for specified purposes, including dairy stock, and breeding stock.
- Explain the methods of managing calving operations on a farm.
- Explain the diagnosis of common health problems which may occur in calves.
- Explain different techniques of calf rearing.
- Explain the housing requirements of calves in an animal production situation.
- Explain the procedures for weaning calves in an commercial situation.
- Explain the post-weaning requirements of calves, in a commercial situation.
Lesson Structure: Calf Rearing BAG207
There are 7 Lessons
1. Calving and Culling
- Research into raising dairy calves
- Principles of good calf rearing
- Pre-calving management
- Managing the cow for a healthy calf
- Colostrum management
- Calf selection
- Estimated Breeding Value (EBV)
- Assessing calves for suitability in a rearing system
2. Calving Management
- The birth of a calf
- Signs that the birth is close
- Stages in a normal birth
- Calving problems
- Important points
- Abnormal presentations
- The calf at birth
- Stress and pathogen exposure
- Managing stress
- Managing pathogen exposure
- The calf digestive tract
- Rumen development
- Liquid in the rumen
- Outflows of rumen materials
- Absorptive qualities
- Substrate (Dry feed Intake)
3. Calf Health Management
- Common calf diseases
- Round Worm Scours
- Lung worm
- Calf diphtheria
- Clostridial Disease
- Navel and joint ill
- Stress and the young calf
- Transport stress
- Feeding stress
- Heat and cold
4. Calf Rearing Systems
- Birth to weaning
- Natural Systems of Calf Rearing
- Single suckling
- Multiple suckling
- Foster suckling
- Race suckling
- Early weaning
- Artificial systems of calf rearing
- Teaching the calf to drink
- A basic Feeding program
- Milk Substitute
- Common calf rearing systems
- Rearing calves at grass
- Five and a half day system
- Once a day system
- Cold milk system
- Acidified milk replacer
- Mildly acidic milk replacer
- Strongly acidic milk replacer
- Milk-fed veal production
5. Calf Housing
- Calf Pens
- Metal crates
- The calf hutch
- Stress at weaning
- General weaning transition strategies
- Providing water
- Weaning at twelve and eight weeks
- Weaning at five weeks
- Weaning at four weeks
- Post weaning period
- Calf husbandry practices
- Reducing surgical stress
- Cattle identification
- Bloodless castration
- Surgical Castration
- When to dehorn
- Dehorning instruments and equipment
- Vaccination and Worming
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
- Explain the phenotype factors related to the selection of calves.
- Explain the genotype factors related to the selection of calves.
- Write a checklist of criteria for selecting calves for dairying.
- Explain how breeding can assist in obtaining calves for three different specified purposes.
- Describe the different stages in the normal birth of a calf.
- Explain the process of calving, in response to either observations of a calf being born, or the viewing of a video of a calf being born.
- Explain at least five problems that can occur during calving, on a typical property in the learner's locality.
- Analyse two case studies of problematic calving incidents.
- List at least four methods for over-coming specified calving problems.
- List the common health problems which can occur with calves in the learner's locality.
- Describe the symptoms of at least three common calf diseases, including scouring.
- Explain the possible effects of stress on a calf.
- Explain an appropriate treatment for at least three common calf diseases, including scouring.
- Develop guidelines for stock culling, for a specified property.
- Analyse data in a case study in order to diagnose the health problems of a calf.
- Report on an examination of the condition of a calf inspected by the learner.
- Describe calf husbandry techniques observed by the learner, including:
- Compare natural calf rearing techniques with artificial calf rearing techniques.
- Determine the appropriate method of calf rearing for a specified property.
- List the criteria which need to be satisfied in the design of calf housing facilities, in the learner's locality.
- Compare the suitability of different building materials for calf housing facilities, in different climates.
- Analyse calf housing facilities on a specified property in order to determine the appropriateness of their design.
- Prepare a design for a calf housing facility, including:
- A sketch/concept plan
- A description of materials
- An estimate of cost
- Explain the stages of weaning a calf on a property with which the learner is familiar.
- List the possible problems which may arise in weaning calves.
- Recommend suitable treatments for the weaning problems.
- Explain the stages of post weaning for a normal calf on a property with which the learner is familiar.
- List the problems which may arise with calves during the post-weaning period.
- Explain any variations that may be applied to the procedure of post-weaning a calf.
Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Juliette Harris. Your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout from one of this exceptional professional. Here are her credentials:
BSc Hons Biology (University of Sussex)
Juliette has over 10 years experience in teaching and private tutoring. As an undergraduate, she contributed to published research on the behaviour of an endangered bat species, though her main areas of interest and pecialisation are genetics and cellular biology. After 7 months in the rainforests & reefs of Central America, Juliette began her teaching career at prestigious private school, Brighton College. She soon returned to Central America, heading up a field-trip for A-level students. She has been private tutor & exam coach to a range of students with very diverse backgrounds, aptitudes and expectations.More recently, Juliette has enjoyed working with adults with learning difficulties and enormous barriers to education. Juliette currently splits her time between England and Bulgaria, where she works as a teacher and missionary.
|Course Hours||100 hours|
|Recognised Issuing Body||TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.|
|Course Prerequisite||No, start at anytime|
|Course Qualification||Level 4 Certificate in Calf Rearing|
|Exam Required?||Finalised with exam/test|
|UK Course Credits||10 Credits|
|US Course Credit Hours||3 Credit Hours|
|Study Support||You'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.|
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