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 »
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 »
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 »
Poll: If you raise wet calves, when do you start adding forage to their diets?
A. Well before weaning (2 to 3 weeks of age)
B. Midway through the milk-feeding period.
C. Just before weaning.
D. Not until after weaning.
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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 »