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 »

AVMA updates euthanasia guidelines

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently reviewed and updated its guidelines to help veterinarians and their clients protect the welfare of animals by setting criteria for euthanasia. FULL STORY »

Calf BRD and immunity challenges

Learn more about the environmental and physiological changes that can trigger respiratory disease in calves, from renowned expert Amelia Woolums, veterinary researcher at the University of Georgia. FULL STORY »

Website devoted to all things dehorning

The latest research, methods and how-to videos on dehorning all can be found at www.dehorning.com, a site dedicated to information on cattle dehorning. FULL STORY »

Colostrum replacer evaluation

The growing availability of colostrum replacers can create as many questions as there are product offerings. A recent evaluation of colostrum-replacer performance data by the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in New York helps sort out the answers. FULL STORY »

Optimizing calf survival at birth

Despite advancing technology, dairy calf losses remain alarmingly high, according to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Fortunately, numerous measures can be taken to ensure more live births. FULL STORY »

FDA approves new estrous-synchronization product

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first GnRH drug labeled for use in combination with another drug for synchronizing estrous cycles in lactating dairy and beef cattle. FULL STORY »

Study evaluates free-choice, acidified milk replacer

The practice of feeding free-choice, acidified milk replacer is experiencing a resurgence, particularly in the Northeast U.S. A recent Journal of Dairy Science article evaluates its merits. FULL STORY »

Troubleshooting group-housing challenges

When the health and performance of group-housed calves is faltering, changes need to be made. Pennsylvania State University professor of dairy science Jud Heinrich provides a case study of the challenges and solutions for two farms raising wet calves in group housing. FULL STORY »

Time to think about fly control

They’re back. Pesky flies have set up shop for the summer and fall. Take measures now to control them and protect calves and heifers from their damage. FULL STORY »

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