What’s it cost to raise a dairy heifer?

Iowa State University Extension Dairy Specialist Larry Tranel offers an estimate of the cost to raise a dairy heifer from birth to calving, reflecting current input costs. FULL STORY »

New developments in managing Johne’s disease

Diagnosing and vaccinating Johne’s disease has been complex and imprecise due to cross-complications with TB testing. USDA researchers recently have made Johne’s breakthroughs. FULL STORY »

Caring for cold-stressed calves

Recent blasts of Arctic air and historically low temperatures have been hard on calves. New York calf management specialist Sam Leadley provides advice on how to help them. FULL STORY »

Give precision-fed heifers adequate bunk space

Precision feeding of older heifers requires a more strategic approach to delivering consistent nutrients to every animal. FULL STORY »

Pros and cons of automated calf feeding

The experts at Grober Nutrition provide insights on the merits and challenges of automated calf feeding. FULL STORY »

Should you fortify pasteurized waste milk?

Feeding pasteurized whole milk has many benefits, but should this feedstuff be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals? Ann Hoskins with Vita Plus Corp. addresses this question. FULL STORY »

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 »

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