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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Choosing the right silage additives
Silage made now will be an important feed source for months to come. But as much as 40 percent of silage dry matter can be lost to shrinkage and spoilage. Researchers at the University of Florida offer advice for selecting the best additives to protect the quantity and quality of newly ensiled feedstuffs. FULL STORY »
Dairy calf, heifer raisers selected for leadership program
The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association announces its class for the 2013 Merck Animal Health Leadership Program. FULL STORY »
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 »
Early boost of selenium may help some calves
It’s a once-popular practice that may be resurging. Research at the University of Guelph shows some positive outcomes from administering a supplemental injection of selenium and vitamin E shortly after birth. FULL STORY »
Calf values down
The low-end value of Holstein heifer calves is down at all three reporting sites nationwide, with the lowest price in Wisconsin at $55.00 per head. The top end of calf prices is up slightly in Wisconsin and Texas compared to last month, but all calf prices have dropped considerably compared to year-ago levels. Last year at this time, heifer calves in Pennsylvania were bringing $170-200, compared to $80-110 today. In Wisconsin, last year’s low in late July was this year’s high -- $140-200 then, compared to $55-140 now. Springing heifer prices are static, with the exception of a slight rebound in top-quality springer values in Texas. FULL STORY »
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