The weights of calves taken shortly following birth are used to calculate Birth Weight EBVs within the TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation (TACE).
How do you record birth weights?
Many different methods are used to collect calf birth weight. These range from using bathroom scales through to the use of commercially available calf weighing cradles that can be attached to the tray of a utility or the front of a four wheel motorbike. A few examples of birth weighing devices include:
When should calves be weighed?
The weight of a calf fluctuates throughout the first week of its life. It is therefore important to weigh calves as close to birth as possible. When recording the birth weight of calves, it is important that accurate birth weights are collected using appropriate weighing scales.
Unacceptable methods Birth weights collected using the following methods are not appropriate for submission to TACE: