GB Calf Week 2022

First published: 16 November 2022

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Great British Calf Week takes place from 16-23 November 2022 and will celebrate the progress made by the industry since the launch of the GB Dairy Calf Strategy in 2020 while raising awareness of the work of the strategy and how farmers can be involved.

Celebrating and raising awareness

The GB Dairy Calf Strategy is a cross-industry campaign, spearheaded by NFU and AHDB, and aims to ensure that all dairy-bred calves are reared with care and for a purpose – as part of either the dairy or beef supply chains.

Great British Calf Week will include a series of on farm, online events and webinars, focusing on a different aspect including semen selection with a focus on sexed semen, breeding for the right carcass for the right outlet and calf thermal comfort and feeding for growth.

The event offers farmers a unique opportunity to hear from recognised experts in the field, and to have all your questions answered.

NFU supports cross-industry campaign

NFU Dairy Board chair Michael Oakes said: “GB Calf Week is a great way of raising awareness and celebrating the progress that has been made by industry since the launch of the GB Calf strategy. The week will offer a varied programme of events during which farmers can engage with the work being carried out to ensure all dairy-bred calves are reared for a purpose as part of the dairy or beef supply chains. 

“I would encourage all farmers to get involved, either in person or remotely, to learn more about the opportunities available to them in their own calf management systems.”

Care and responsibility

Key areas of the GB Calf Strategy include:

  • Rear all calves with care.
  • Encourage responsible breeding strategies through farm assurance.
  • Better communication of market requirements.
  • Increase the number of bio-secure routes for TB-affected herds.
  • Supporting Britain’s beef sector and promoting our product.
  • Opening up new pathways and supply chain opportunities for dairy bred calves.
  • Innovation and supporting R&D.

Programme of events

Great British Calf Week is offering a series of events, focusing on the three key themes:

  • Semen selection with a focus on sexed semen
  • Breeding for the right carcass for the right outlet
  • Calf thermal comfort and feeding for growth

To view the full programme of events, visit: AHDB | GB Calf Week 16–23 November 2022

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