Housing advice for ideal facilities

While housing needs for dairy heifers vary throughout the country, addressing housing fundamentals is important. The Beef Quality Assurance program and Dairy Calf and Heifer Association offer housing resources. FULL STORY »

Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow offers fall curriculum

The Center for Dairy Excellence in Pennsylvania is launching a new, web-based curriculum covering dairy business and herd management education. The program is being developed for high school students interested in the dairy industry. FULL STORY »

Heat stress and young stock

Cows receive a lot of attention regarding heat stress, but heat is hard on younger animals, too. Grain intake, health and immunity all are affected when calves are exposed to extreme heat. FULL STORY »

Causes and prevention of abomasal bloat in calves

Abomasol bloat in preweaned calves usually is fatal. Ohio veterinarian Fred Gingrich addresses causes and prevention of this dangerous disease. FULL STORY »

New spreadsheet helps track heifer growth

The Customized Dairy Heifer Growth Chart from Penn State University is a spreadsheet that generates a customized growth curve for individual herds, based on their heifer-rearing goals. FULL STORY »

Early boost of selenium may help some calves

It’s a once-popular practice that may be resurging. Research at the University of Guelph shows some positive outcomes from administering a supplemental injection of selenium and vitamin E shortly after birth. FULL STORY »

Calf values down

The low-end value of Holstein heifer calves is down at all three reporting sites nationwide, with the lowest price in Wisconsin at $55.00 per head. The top end of calf prices is up slightly in Wisconsin and Texas compared to last month, but all calf prices have dropped considerably compared to year-ago levels. Last year at this time, heifer calves in Pennsylvania were bringing $170-200, compared to $80-110 today. In Wisconsin, last year’s low in late July was this year’s high -- $140-200 then, compared to $55-140 now. Springing heifer prices are static, with the exception of a slight rebound in top-quality springer values in Texas. FULL STORY »

Four questions to ask prior to purchasing a colostrum replacer

There are instances when using a colostrum replacer is necessary. And, fortunately, there are many good products available. The experts at Purina Animal Nutrition offer four tips for selecting the best option. FULL STORY »

Precision feeding dairy heifers

Successfully raising replacement heifers requires a delicate dance between raising the best possible quality of animals, and minimizing the cost to do so. Penn State University Professor of Dairy Science Jud Heinrichs offers advice on precision feeding dairy heifers. FULL STORY »

Choosing the right silage additives

Silage made now will be an important feed source for months to come. But as much as 40 percent of silage dry matter can be lost to shrinkage and spoilage. Researchers at the University of Florida offer advice for selecting the best additives to protect the quantity and quality of newly ensiled feedstuffs. FULL STORY »

No-mess fly control

The calf-raising experts at Vita Plus offer a handy tip for efficient, tidy fly control FULL STORY »

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