Heifers prefer supplemental long straw in limit-feeding programs

Feeding heifers nutrient-dense rations in limited quantities is growing in popularity. Researchers at the University of Guelph recently published a study in the Journal of Dairy Science that evaluated forage supplements to complement these feeding programs. FULL STORY »

Calves with Sam: Automatic feeder won't solve building problems

Calves on a dairy farm were being fed with gang feeders but were not gaining well. Scours treatment rate was acceptable but the treatment rate for pneumonia was more than fifty percent during the eight weeks the calves were in this pen. Sam Leadley with Attica (N.Y.) Veterinary Associates looks at why an automatic feeder failed to improve the situation. FULL STORY »

Contract essentials for raising heifers

Purdue Dairy Extension specialist Tamilee Nennich provides guidelines for thorough contracts between dairies and contract growers. FULL STORY »

Avoid these 10 heifer-feeding mistakes

Coping with high feed costs is not just a challenge in the lactating herd, but in the heifer pen as well. FULL STORY »

Questions a dairy farmer should ask his or her veterinarian

How can you get the most out of your relationship with your herd veterinarian? Ohio dairy veterinary practitioner Fred Gingrich offers his advice. FULL STORY »

Optimism in the air

Relief from high feed prices, plus a prediction for a large 2013 corn crop that could lower prices even more, may be fueling market optimism despite relatively flat milk prices. Springer heifer prices are steady to higher nationwide this month. The hot spot: Pennsylvania, where close-up springer values have jumped about $200 a head compared to last month. Heifer calf prices also are up slightly in all reporting areas. FULL STORY »

The value of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) to the industry

The Beef Quality Assurance program helps beef and dairy producers improve production practices while enhancing the quality of our product, safeguarding the industry’s image and protecting against burdensome regulation. FULL STORY »

Decision tools you can use

Cornell University provides a comprehensive menu of decision tools on a wide variety of dairy management subjects, including dairy replacement evaluation tools. FULL STORY »

Build better heifer breeding criteria

How do you measure success in the heifer-breeding pen? It’s a widely debated topic. University of Wisconsin Dairy Extension Specialist Pat Hoffman weighs in with a new set of criteria. FULL STORY »

Fly control fundamentals

Controlling flies is a critical element in preventing mastitis infections in heifers. University of Georgia researcher Steve Nickerson discusses the importance of fly control and offers management advice in a new technical white paper. FULL STORY »

What's in the milk?

Researcher Sarah Morrison at the W.H. Miner Institute near Chazy, NY, discusses the energy and protein requirements of young calves. FULL STORY »

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