As the mercury drops, nutritional demands for young calves change. Tracey Erickson, Extension dairy field specialist at South Dakota State University, offers guidelines for boosting nutrients to help provide winter fuel for preweaned calves.
New federal regulations have changed the requirements for the use of some on-farm antibiotics. Jim Salfer, Dairy Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota, discusses details of the updated Veterinary Feed Directive.
As livestock nutritionists expand their ration formulation options to develop the best rations possible based on current research and available options, many may have questions about canola meal as a protein ingredient.
Dairy producers should change their expectations for transition dairy cow performance and not accept these animals as a high health risk, but rather an opportunity for high milk production, good health and optimal fertility.
Animal monitoring systems tracking activity and rumination time are becoming a tool of choice to fine-tune management programs. The technology enables users to manage cows individually, in groups and at the herd level.