Calves with Sam: Another note on cross-sucking

In addition to the Calving Ease newsletter on cross-sucking (September, 2013 or click Here) data from a New Zealand study suggest another tool to use when trying to suppress this problem.[Margerison and Others, "The effect of solid feed diet on the oral and cross-sucking behavior of pre-weaned dairy calves." Journal of Dairy Science E-Suppl 1, #615] FULL STORY »

Collect Colostrum Sooner rather than Later

"If I wait to collect colostrum from my fresh cows I will get more colostrum." Sorry, life does not work that way. FULL STORY »

Post-wean digestion impaired in intensive-fed rapidly weaned calf

We have suspected from field observations that intensive-fed preweaned calves have problems digesting solid feeds in the early post-weaning period. FULL STORY »

Calves with Sam: Identify pneumonia calves earlier

It seems to be pretty well accepted that early identification and treatment of calves with pneumonia is a best management practice. FULL STORY »

Calves with Sam: Tuning our tools for measuring colostrum quality

Adopt a colostrum management protocol that includes measuring quality. FULL STORY »

Taking action against coccidiosis

Coast to coast, every operation is managed differently. However, every farm has at least one thing in common – it’s infection with coccidia, the protozoa bug that can cause coccidiosis to rip through your youngstock. FULL STORY »

Get them started right

Experts at Purina Animal Nutrition evaluate whether calves fed conventional milk diets can “catch up” in the post-weaning phase. FULL STORY »

Alternative protein sources for milk replacer

University of Minnesota researchers evaluated calf performance when they were fed milk replacers containing various combinations of wheat, soy and plasma proteins, compared to all milk. FULL STORY »

Harvesting frost-damaged corn

A late planting season across much of the country means some corn may be finished off prematurely by frost. FULL STORY »

3X feeding may help calves overcome colostrum deprivation

University of Wisconsin researchers found that feeding calves three times a day increased the likelihood that calves with failure of passive transfer of immunity entered the milking string. FULL STORY »

Tetra-Pak Dairy Index predicts rising dairy demand

A new dairy product outlook report predicts global consumption will rise by 36% by 2024, with a widening gap between developed and emerging dairy markets. FULL STORY »

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