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Examining Calf Mortality

A good goal for calving success is to have 97 percent of all calves that are born walk into the weaning pens this fall. This can be achieved, although not easily, through appropriate management, working with the environment and a good interaction with industry professionals, including an appropriate health, nutrition and genetic program. Typical statistics collected through the Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System (CHAPS) indicate a calf death loss of 3.6 percent is typical. Calculate that number by adding up the number of calves that died and divide by the total number of calves born....



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