Approximately 1.5 million calves are reared each year in NZ – 1 million dairy heifers and 500,000 bull calves.  The dairy heifers are future herd replacements and how they are reared will affect how they grow and what weight they enter the herd.  This website provides independent advice to New Zealand calf rearers. Information on this site has been put together by staff at On-Farm Research who have been involved with calf rearing research at the Poukawa Research Farm since 1996.

Information (On-Farm Research Fact Sheets) can be accessed from drop-down menus on each page and via the library.The library also has a wide range of information, media articles, video links and links to other useful websites.

Every effort is being made to ensure the information available on the site is accurate and un-biased. We do not sell or endorse products.

Poukawa Research Farm

Fact Sheets

Pages on this web site contain fact sheets to assist all calf rearers. New staff especially need access to reliable information to help them get up to speed. Each main page on this web site gives you the option of downloading fact sheets as a set or individually.