Putting out fires to resolve disease outbreaks
Calf management specialist Jim Quigley with Provimi North America discusses the on-farm fundamentals that need to be visited when large-scale calf disease outbreaks occur. FULL STORY »
Enhancing calf immunity through nutrition
Texas Tech University researcher Michael Ballou investigates whether feeding young calves more, and/or providing them with nutritional supplements, can help them resist gastro-intestinal disease in early life and beyond. FULL STORY »
Poll: If you raise wet calves, what is your weaning age?
Before 6 weeks.
Longer than 10 weeks.
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PDPW hosting calf environment webinars
The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin will host, “Calf Environment: Methods that Work,” a two-session webinar series in November and December. FULL STORY »
Views on cow-calf separation
The consuming public has many questions about why specific farm practices are performed. Researcher Heather Dann with the W.H. Miner Institute in New York addresses the question of why dairy calves are separated from their dams so quickly on most farms. FULL STORY »
Calves can tell you how they’re feeling
Animal well-being specialist Amy Stanton at the University of Wisconsin says young calves can clearly telegraph signs that they are not feeling well. FULL STORY »
Vaccine handling tips
The disease-preventing value of vaccines can be lost if the products are not handled correctly. The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association provides a comprehensive list of tips to preserve the quality and integrity of vaccine products. FULL STORY »
Sick calf protocols
University of Wisconsin professor of veterinary medicine Sheila McGuirk provides a comprehensive, online document to help asses when calves need treatment, and what those treatments should be. FULL STORY »
D.C. Watch: Rough ride ahead for farm bill
The House/Senate conference committee on the farm bill finally got under way last week. But in addition to the discussions about working together, there were indications that this will not be a smooth process. FULL STORY »
Now for a return on your investment… or not
Ohio veterinarian Mel Wenger emphasizes the importance of fine-tuning the care of older heifers to ensure their successful entry into the milking herd. FULL STORY »