Our calves' feed
We do everything we can to ensure that our calves develop healthily. One of the conditions of this is that we provide them with a balanced feed package. Our calves receive calf milk and roughage. Proper nutrition promotes animal health and animal welfare, and by ensuring the health of our animals, we can combat anaemia, for instance.
Haemoglobin is an iron-containing protein in the blood that carries oxygen throughout the body. Red blood cells are primarily filled with haemoglobin, which is what gives blood its red colour. Iron is required for any number of bodily functions, such as the health of the immune system. Haemoglobin levels are an indicator of the iron content in blood. In order for calves to be in good health and be sufficiently able to avoid becoming sick, it is important that the iron content of their blood is kept at the right level. Too little iron in the calves' blood may cause health problems, such as anaemia.
In order to prevent this, we ensure that the haemoglobin levels of our calves have an average value of 6 millimoles per litre. We safeguard the haemoglobin levels of our calves at all farms via blood testing and by administering iron. We can also control this aspect by way of their feed. In addition to calf milk, we feed the calves fibrous dry feed. Until they reach the age of 15 weeks, they receive at least 200 grams per day and from 15 weeks, they receive at least 500 grams per day. At least 10% of this high-fibre feed is long-fibre (straw). Long fibre feed requires calves to chew and ruminate for a long time, which stimulates digestion in the rumen and helps prevent anaemia.