D.C. Watch: Congress faces daunting tasks in September
Treasury operations, the U.S. debt ceiling and passage of a Farm Bill all will be waiting on Congress’ plate when it reconvenes September 9. Rich Pottorff, chief economist and Washington analyst for Doane Advisory Services, predicts “political fireworks in the months ahead.” FULL STORY »
Keys to minimizing respiratory disease on calf ranches
Preventing respiratory disease in young calves requires effectively covering a number of bases, according to the experts at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. FULL STORY »
Calves with Sam: Can I strip out colostrum and feed it?
This was the question I was asked by a dairyman as we discussed the challenges of feeding colostrum ASAP. He was wondering if the antibody concentration would be compromised by milking out just enough colostrum to feed the calf? FULL STORY »
Calves with Sam: Weak link in treating sick calves
New York-based calf and heifer specialist Sam Leadley observes a common breakdown in the process of delivering the best possible care to sick calves. FULL STORY »
Those forgotten months....
“Out of sight, out of mind” could be a hazard in the growing heifer phase. Don’t lose progress toward maximizing your replacement animal quality in this critical stage. FULL STORY »
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 »
Zoetis, Roslin Institute collaborate to control Salmonella
Zoetis and The Roslin Institute in the United Kingdom announce a collaborative project to study Salmonella in cattle. 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 »
Poll: What is your opinion of precision feeding weaned dairy heifers?
A. I am not aware of the practice.
B. I am aware of the practice but unlikely to adopt it.
C. I am aware of the practice and likely to use it in the future.
D. I already am using precision feeding.
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Heifer rearing goals
Should age or body size be the target for heifer calving dates? What tools are useful in tracking heifer growth and performance? Dave Winston, Extension Dairy Specialist at Virginia Tech University, shares his thoughts on heifer rearing goals. FULL STORY »
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