Dry-cow heat stress affects calves

Heat stress is not only hard on cows. A recent study published by the University of Florida shows that the calves born to heat-stressed cows also suffer the effects. FULL STORY »

Texas prices weaken

Holstein springer prices remain steady compared to last month in California and Wisconsin, but lost some ground in Texas and Pennsylvania. High-priced, short-supply feedstuffs may be the cause of a softer market in Texas compared to the rest of the country. A large heifer sale promoted for mid-July in California suggests that many herds have excess heifer inventories. Holstein heifer calf prices also lost a little footing in Texas, but remain steady elsewhere. FULL STORY »

What milk replacer ratio is best?

What protein and fat percentages in milk replacer are best for young calves? What feeding rate is appropriate? Virginia Tech University dairy scientist Robert James offers his advice on the subject. FULL STORY »

Heat stress and young stock

Cows receive a lot of attention regarding heat stress, but heat is hard on younger animals, too. Grain intake, health and immunity all are affected when calves are exposed to extreme heat. FULL STORY »

Causes and prevention of abomasal bloat in calves

Abomasol bloat in preweaned calves usually is fatal. Ohio veterinarian Fred Gingrich addresses causes and prevention of this dangerous disease. FULL STORY »

New spreadsheet helps track heifer growth

The Customized Dairy Heifer Growth Chart from Penn State University is a spreadsheet that generates a customized growth curve for individual herds, based on their heifer-rearing goals. FULL STORY »

Make summer comfortable for calves

The calendar says it’s almost fall, but Mother Nature still has other ideas. The experts at Milk Products, LLC offer advice for caring for calves in the heat. FULL STORY »

Heat stress in dairy calves

Temperatures outside calves’ thermoneutral zones can add stress and cause calves to expend more energy to stay cool. Here are some tips from Pennsylvania State University on helping to prevent heat stress in calves. FULL STORY »

FDA workshop on animal drugs in feed available online

Antibiotics that are important in treating humans are being phased out as feed additives for food animals, and new feed additives must be used under the oversight of a licensed veterinarian. A series of presentations at a recent FDA workshop addressing these transitions now is available for viewing online. FULL STORY »

Nominate influential veterinarians

If you have an outstanding dairy veterinarian, you can nominate him or her for some special recognition in the upcoming 20th anniversary issue of Bovine Veterinarian magazine. FULL STORY »

Website devoted to all things dehorning

The latest research, methods and how-to videos on dehorning all can be found at www.dehorning.com, a site dedicated to information on cattle dehorning. FULL STORY »

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