Calf management, Steinkjer, Norway, 20-22 June 2007: proceedings from the conference
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Cattle are calves for only 6 months, and during this period they do not draw much attention to themselves. Therefore, thorough daily routines easily can be overlooked. Making it is easy to forget the animal welfare and economic consequences of sub-optimal calf management. In Steinkjer, agriculture is the backbone of the economy, and the farmers in the region are very positive and optimistic and care greatly for their animals. Several smaller studies have been performed in the region about the well-being and the economics of calf management. The results of these studies have made all the farmers in the region well aware of how important calf management is in dairy and beef production. This attitude is a great inspiration for more research and for the education of the Bachelor students in animal husbandry at Nord-Trøndelag University College.