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Shorter dry period reduces colostrum volume

Cows given a reduced dry period produced less colostrum in the next lactation, according to new research from Cornell University. FULL STORY »

Heat stress may trigger lameness

Did your herd suffer more claw horn lesions this past summer? It may be associated with heat stress. FULL STORY »

Heifers sort feed, too

When given the chance, heifers will sort their feed — just like lactating cows. Research published earlier this year in the Professional Animal Scientist evaluates the sorting behavior and dry matter intake of heifers exposed to five different hay-feeding strategies. FULL STORY »

Abrupt weaning hurts growth

Going “cold turkey” at weaning is stressful on all calves. FULL STORY »

Wooden brisket boards reduce stall use

Cows prefer to lie in free-stalls without wooden brisket boards, according to a study in the July Journal of Dairy Science. FULL STORY »

Growth rates and feed-gain ratios

Growth rates and feed-gain ratios FULL STORY »

Heifers do well on alternative proteins

A new study shows post-weaned heifers get good gains when fed grain mixes containing dried distillers grains or urea. FULL STORY »

Copper sulfate survey results

Foot baths that use copper sulfate increase the copper content of manure applied to fields. FULL STORY »

Calf growth unaffected by milk replacer fat sources

Different fat sources in milk replacer do not hurt pre- and post-weaning growth rates, according to a study presented in July at the annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association. FULL STORY »

1X milking reduces milk yield

Once-daily milking, a practice that is gaining popularity in seasonal-calving herds in other countries, yielded mixed results during a recent study. FULL STORY »

It pays to cool dry cows

It is relatively easy to measure the effects of heat stress on milk production and reproduction in lactating cows, but have you ever wondered what cooling can do for your dry cows? FULL STORY »

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