Calves with Sam: Should I switch to 3X milk feeding?

My client asked this question having read a online posting. We talked about their current preweaned management. Colostrum is collected in the calving pen from dams as soon as they are up and steady on their feet. The dairy feeds 4 quarts of quality-tested colostrum in the first hour of life - 100% compliance. All calves are blood tested; a test value below 5.5 is unusual. FULL STORY »

Timing and method is everything for dehorning and castration

When it comes to castration and dehorning procedures practiced by beef and dairy producers, timing is crucial to insure animal welfare and effectivness, says the new Cattle Castration and Dehorning Guidelines published by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. FULL STORY »

Dairy calf care: When to assist, what to do

Dr. Harry Momont has trained veterinary students on calving practices for more than two decades at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. FULL STORY »

Dairy calf care: Get a handle on dystocia data

Colorado State University professor of veterinary medicine Frank Garry suggests dairies can improve calf survival by monitoring and improving calving management. He recommends regularly recording and tracking. FULL STORY »

Dairy calf care: Every delivery is special

Focusing on this often-overlooked management area can pay big dividends. FULL STORY »

6 questions and answers about rumen development in calves

Make the most of rumen development.Could you be doing a better job of developing the rumen of your calves? FULL STORY »

Rumen Development in the Dairy Calf

The dairy calf begins its life as a simple stomached animal, yet spends most of its life as a ruminant whose digestion depends largely on fermentation. FULL STORY »

Calves with Sam: Young Calf Volume Settings for Computer Feeders

Remember the definition of a dilemma? It is a problem offering two possibilities, neither of which is practically acceptable. FULL STORY »

Heat stress in dams also affects calves

New research is showing that, even before they are born, calves can suffer the effects of heat stress in their dams. FULL STORY »

Heifer-breeding protocol sheets available

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council has published a set of synchronization protocols specifically developed for heifers, available in both English and Spanish. FULL STORY »

Heifer reproduction webinar

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council will present a live webinar on heifer breeding on Sept. 11. FULL STORY »

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