'Elbow grease' still needed for cleaning equipment

A food sanitation expert advises that chemicals are not enough when it comes to cleaning calf-feeding equipment. FULL STORY »

Consistent hay and cattle patterns

Not all relationships hold cleanly over time. One way to keep some perspective and some sanity when trying to evaluate markets is to look for consistency. Are higher calf prices leading to more replacement heifers? Yes. Is the heifer mix on feed lower too? Yes. Thus, there are consistent indicators of expansion. Are the latest hay statistics also consistent with expansion? Here are some thoughts. FULL STORY »

Prevent scours, a cause of losses in newborn livestock

With calving, lambing and kidding seasons in full swing, livestock producers should be mindful of diarrhea, commonly called scours in livestock, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. FULL STORY »

Can genomics, OPU and IVF take the industry to the 'next level?'

Artificial insemination has been around for more than 75 years. Gary Hennip with Penn State Dairy Extension suggests that new technologies may soon be replacing A.I. as the primary means of dairy genetic advancement. FULL STORY »

Feeding acidified milk to calves

Penn State University Extension specialists Coleen Jones and Jud Heinrichs join the discussion on the practice of feeding acidified milk to calves. FULL STORY »

Springers mostly steady, calves up

Springing heifer prices continue to see stability or healthy growth in three of the four reporting markets this month. Prices softened slightly in Pennsylvania alone. California remained steady while Wisconsin and Texas saw higher prices compared to last month. Nationwide, springer prices as a whole are up about 30% compared to year-ago levels. Holstein heifer calf prices increased nationwide, likely due in part to the seasonal demand for youth project calves. FULL STORY »

More thoughts on the calving pen

Heather Dann with the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, N.Y., discusses research-based methods for making maternity pens more comfortable and cow-friendly. FULL STORY »

Dry matter composition of waste milk

Whole milk is consistently 13% dry matter, right? New York calf and heifer specialist Sam Leadley provides the answer. FULL STORY »

Merck introduces Once PMH® IN

Merck Animal Health announces the introduction of Once PMH® IN, an intranasal pneumonia vaccine for young calves. FULL STORY »

Central Plains Dairy Expo

The Central Plains Dairy Expo will be held March 25-27 at the Sioux Falls, S.D. Arena and Convention Center. FULL STORY »

Alltech Farm Innovation Meeting Series

Alltech, Inc. is taking the show on the road with a series of informative meetings throughout the United States in March. FULL STORY »

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