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YOUNGSTOCK (CALVES AND LAMBS)

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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

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Aim:

YOUNGSTOCK (CALVES AND LAMBS)

L.CR.1

Standards

Housing areas must provide for the specific needs of artificially reared youngstock.

How you will be measured

L.CR.1.a

The housing area and pens are constructed and maintained to provide a safe, comfortable and hygienic environment.

L.CR.1.b

Effectively ventilated and lit.

L.CR.1.c

Clean, dry, bedded and have a non-slatted lying area.

L.CR.1.d

Of sufficient size to allow calves to lie down simultaneously, rise without difficulty, stretch and move freely without injury.

L.CR.1.e

Visual and tactile contact with other calves/lamb (where there are two or more).

L.CR.1.f

Livestock over eight weeks to be housed in groups of two or more.

L.CR.1.g

Flooring is non-slip and maintained.

L.CR.1.h

Calves are not housed in individual hutches/pens after eight weeks of age.

L.CR.1.i

Calves are not tethered except for group housed feeding and then only for a maximum of 1 hour. Tethers do not cause pain and allow calves to lie down, rise without difficulty, stand in a natural position and groom without hindrance.

L.CR.1.j

Calves are not muzzled.

L.CR.2 Key

Standards

Artificially reared youngstock must receive a daily diet to maintain their health and welfare.

How you will be measured

L.CR.2.a

Calves provided with at least two milk feeds a day until 28 days and not weaned before 5 weeks of age.

L.CR.2.b

Lambs weaned in accordance with milk replacer manufacturers’ guidelines.

L.CR.2.c

Manufacturers’ instructions followed for artificial milk replacers where used.

L.CR.2.d

Youngstock not weaned until sufficient hard feed is eaten.

L.CR.2.e

At the latest youngstock are given dry, fresh, clean feed including forage from 14 days of age (calves)/eight days (lambs).

L.CR.2.f

Individual buckets provided where bucket fed.

L.CR.2.g

Feeding equipment teats positioned for easy reach.

L.CR.2.h

Feeding equipment kept in a clean condition.

L.CR.3 Key

Standards

Artificially reared youngstock must be provided with sufficient access to clean fresh drinking water.

How you will be measured

L.CR.3.a

Unrestricted access provided at all times from birth.