Solid and steady

Holstein springer heifer values started the New Year at considerably healthier levels compared to one year ago. Although the market test was light through the holidays, springer prices in three of the four reported markets were slightly higher compared to last month, with only Pennsylvania softening a bit. Compared to last year, springer prices are higher by at least $100/head, and as much as $375/head, across the board. Despite frigid weather conditions, heifer calf prices also remain strong. The USDA predicts the 2014 U.S. dairy herd to grow by 30,000 head in 2014, and the all-milk price to average $19.70-20.50/cwt., which is highly comparable to the 2013 all-milk price range of $19.90-$20.00/cwt. FULL STORY »

Hypothermia & newborn calves

Whether you are a dairy producer who calves year round, a beef producer who may calve early, or if you have a calf that is born under less-than-desirable conditions, hypothermia is something that we need to be concerned about, especially this time of year. FULL STORY »

2014: Some uncertainty amid the optimism

Feed costs are down and milk prices are predicted to be steady. Yet there is still some uncertainty for the U.S. dairy industry outlook in 2014. FULL STORY »

A breath of fresh air for calves

As dairies increasingly turn to housing young calves indoors, ventilation, as it relates to animal health, becomes a key consideration. Outdoor calf hutches, of course, have served well and provide ample ventilation. Their exposure to weather, however, can result in stress on calves and extra labor for dairy workers. Also, calf hutches do not facilitate use of automated feeders. FULL STORY »

Extreme winter weather may mean extra feed for livestock

Colder, icy, harsh winter weather means producers need to be aware of increased livestock energy requirements to ensure their animals are able to withstand the extreme outdoor conditions. FULL STORY »

Countdown to end of farmland price bubble

Has the value of agricultural land reached a peak? FULL STORY »

Zoetis offers comments on FDA’s Guidance 213

The FDA’s recently published “Guidance #213” document generated a lot of buzz in the national media. Zoetis offers commentary on what it means for the U.S. livestock industry. FULL STORY »

Regular dairy market updates

The Center for Dairy Excellence in Pennsylvania provides a monthly dairy market evaluation to help producers make profitability and risk-management decisions. FULL STORY »

DCHA offers $1,000 scholarship

Agricultural students are encouraged to apply for a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association. FULL STORY »

The impact of cold stress on calves

Cold weather hits calves hard from many different angles. Researchers at the W.H. Miner Institute share how to help them cope. FULL STORY »

Prevent infections with colostrum and navel dipping

Acquiring an infection of any type can be a devastating setback for a newborn calf. Some routine management practices can go a long way toward prevention. FULL STORY »

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