Using bleach to clean feeding equipment
Chlorine bleach can work well as a sanitizing agent for calf feeding equipment, but will be most effective when used correctly. Iowa State University Extension provides guidelines for successfully using this inexpensive disinfectant. FULL STORY »
Maximizing passive immunity
Calves’ acquired immunity via colostrum can be a life-or-death proposal. A New York Extension dairy specialist outlines the keys for promoting passive immunity. FULL STORY »
Dry-cow heat stress affects calves
Heat stress is not only hard on cows. A recent study published by the University of Florida shows that the calves born to heat-stressed cows also suffer the effects. FULL STORY »
What milk replacer ratio is best?
What protein and fat percentages in milk replacer are best for young calves? What feeding rate is appropriate? Virginia Tech University dairy scientist Robert James offers his advice on the subject. FULL STORY »
Weaned heifers: Don’t overlook their nutrition needs
Much attention is paid to calf diets in the milk-feeding stage. But older heifers have specific nutrition needs, too. FULL STORY »
Expert says to start calves on low-quality forage
It’s not often you hear the recommendation to feed lower-quality feedstuffs, but when it comes to starting young calves on forage, that’s exactly the advice of renowned heifer production researcher Dr. Alex Bach from Spain. FULL STORY »
Heat stress in dairy calves
Temperatures outside calves’ thermoneutral zones can add stress and cause calves to expend more energy to stay cool. Here are some tips from Pennsylvania State University on helping to prevent heat stress in calves. FULL STORY »
Nominate influential veterinarians
If you have an outstanding dairy veterinarian, you can nominate him or her for some special recognition in the upcoming 20th anniversary issue of Bovine Veterinarian magazine. FULL STORY »
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