Strategies to utilise non-replacement male dairy calves for beef production

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There is a paucity of knowledge concerning practices and management strategies, when considering current growth pathways and available markets for non-replacement calves in the Australian dairy industry. The term “bobby calf” is widely accepted in Australia for a male calf that is unaccompanied by its dam under six weeks old and also is most commonly slaughtered at less than 10 days of age from a dairy herd (Moran 2002). Unlike beef calves that are reared by their dams, dairy farmers must attempt to artificially rear calves in an economically viable manner. Producers can be faced with many challenges as bobby calves are sensitive to the conditions they are exposed to, due to their size and age (Moran 2002). Other deterrents to rear bobby calves can reside in the lack of saleable markets and unestablished rearing facilities to enable pathways of growth for bobby calves to enter the Australian beef market (Stafford et al. 2001).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event33rd Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences - Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges, Perth, Australia
Duration: 01 Feb 202103 Feb 2021
Conference number: 33 (Abstracts)


Conference33rd Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences
Abbreviated titleThe New Face of Animal Science in Australia
OtherIt is with enormous pleasure that we invite you to Perth, Western Australia for the 33rd conference of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences (formerly Australian Society of Animal Production), which will be held at the Esplanade Hotel in the beautiful city of Fremantle, 1st – 4th February, 2021.
For the last 60+ years this conference has brought together animal production scientists, consultants, extension specialists, producers and students to share information – from blue sky research to practical outcomes. The cross-species forum has allowed researchers to glean knowledge and ideas from outside of their areas of reference and provided an opportunity to communicate with a broad range of animal production specialists.
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