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A survey of intersucking in dairy herds in England and Wales

Wood, P.D.; Smith, G.F.; Lisle, M.F.

Veterinary Record 81(16): 396-398

1967


ISSN/ISBN: 0042-4900
PMID: 6069564
Accession: 014326007

A survey was made of 6935 dairy herds on the incidence of intersucking (the habit of calves sucking one another). 13.8% of dairy herds were affected, and on average, 29.7% of calves within an affected herd were involved. The proportions of herds with 1st calf heifers or older cows affected were 1.4 and 1.1% respectively. The best remedies were separation after feeding, mechanical devices, dry lot feeding and avoiding grouping of calves until > 4 wk old.

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