Western New York calf management specialist Dr. Sam Leadley shared some thoughts recently about the role of nutrition in calf health during temperature swings:
"In my personal experience nutrition seems to be a critical factor. I changed my feeding protocol from 16 ounces of powder to 30 ounces daily," he says in a recent "Calves with Sam" blog post. "Before the change I routinely treated 25 percent of the calves between birth and 2 months for pneumonia in the period from November to April. After the increase to 30 ounces of powder per day that treatment rate dropped to 5 percent."
Read more in Leadley’s If it would just get cold and stay cold blog post dated Feb. 20.