Group housing calves

Producers with group housing, what is the maximum age gap you would want between oldest and youngest calf? Headlock, with bottle holders for feeding. Thinking maximum group size of 8 which would take us about two weeks to fill. Is that to much age gap between youngest and oldest in the pen?
 

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Life cycle of Cocci is 3 weeks... so 2 weeks would be ok but I would take care of weak calves separately - perhaps using jackets. Any more than 2 weeks and you will find your older calves could easily knock your younger ones instantly if Cocci takes hold.

Is there any way of having smaller groups of 4-6?
 
Life cycle of Cocci is 3 weeks... so 2 weeks would be ok but I would take care of weak calves separately - perhaps using jackets. Any more than 2 weeks and you will find your older calves could easily knock your younger ones instantly if Cocci takes hold.

Is there any way of having smaller groups of 4-6?
For a bit the groups will be smaller but after our expansion the barn will be at capacity. We are going to be individuals housing the calves for the first 4 weeks to keep a better eye on them and to prevent disease transmission. I would hope by 4 weeks we don’t have anything to worry about health wise when they go into the group pens.
 

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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