VET40140 Calf Health & Heifer Rearing

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module focuses on dairy heifer management from birth to breeding. It will provide an in-depth insight into the following topics related to calf health and heifer rearing:
- Perinatal mortality
- General principles of disease prevention
- Housing
- Calf nutrition until weaning
- Heifer nutrition and rearing post weaningo Management of the main calf diseases (neonatal diarrhoea, respiratory disease)

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On the completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Investigate and assess heifer rearing management on dairy farms and other dairy heifer rearing units
- Advise farmers on reasonable performance targets in the area of heifer rearing and calf health
- Develop strategies together with the farmer on how these targets can be reached
- Monitor the performance of heifer rearing systems
- Investigate cases of increased calf morbidity and/or mortality, or poor performance
- Give evidence-based advice after thorough review of the current literature on means to improve causative management factors which lead to increased calf morbidity and/or mortality, or poor performance

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used during the course of this module including active/task-based learning; e-lectures; field assignments and reflective learning; debates and case-based learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Report on ventilation assessment of a calf shed and quantify the prevalence of calf respiratory disease on the farm. Unspecified n/a Other No


Assignment: Report on the investigation of calf growth and nutrition Unspecified n/a Other No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Single best answer exam on calf health and nutrition Unspecified n/a Other No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students are given feedback after grading of each component.

Name Role
Dr Luke O'Grady Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sandra Aungier Tutor
Mr John Donlon Tutor
Mr Finnian Logan Tutor
Dr Catherine Mc Aloon Tutor
Miss Vicki Rhodes Tutor
Eilidh Thomson Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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