The adoption of a novel handling procedure on newborn calves known as tactile stimulation in practice

Researchers at the TACLP are studying and comparing differences in weight gain, health and reactivity at handling in imprinted against non-imprinted calves weaned through the use of either nose-flap, fenceline or traditional abrupt weaning.

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Weaning Methods & Tactile Stimulation on Calf Performance, Health & Welfare

The adoption of a novel handling procedure on newborn calves known as tactile stimulation in practice

Researchers at the TACLP are studying and comparing differences in weight gain, health and reactivity at handling in imprinted against non-imprinted calves weaned through the use of either nose-flap, fenceline or traditional abrupt weaning.

During the second year of study, the adoption of a novel handling procedure on newborn calves known as tactile stimulation (gently hand rubbing one-day old calves in order to mimic mothering behaviour in the form of licking on its offspring) was combined (or not) with all three weaning methods.

Partners/Funders: Neilson Signature Beef

Weaning Methods & Tactile Stimulation: 2020 & 2021 Summary

Two-year research study to help identify the most appropriate management procedures from birth to weaning for optimal growth and animal welfare for the beef industry.

  • Under conditions and management at the producer partner’s site, fenceline method and adoption of the tactile stimulation in 1-day old calves showed some overall benefits in regards to calf performance and/or health and welfare.

Weaning Methods Summary