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 »

Precision feeding dairy heifers

Successfully raising replacement heifers requires a delicate dance between raising the best possible quality of animals, and minimizing the cost to do so. Penn State University Professor of Dairy Science Jud Heinrichs offers advice on precision feeding dairy heifers. FULL STORY »

Four questions to ask prior to purchasing a colostrum replacer

There are instances when using a colostrum replacer is necessary. And, fortunately, there are many good products available. The experts at Purina Animal Nutrition offer four tips for selecting the best option. FULL STORY »

Dean Foods grant provides free access to Dairyland Initative

The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine has received a $50,000 grant from the Dean Foods Foundation to make its web-based resources available to dairy producers at no cost. FULL STORY »

DCHA Tip of the Week: Contract essentials for raising heifers

Raising dairy heifers until they are ready to enter the milking herd is a substantial investment, so having a clear, detailed contract is important to outline the responsibilities and expectations of both parties. FULL STORY »

Calves with Sam: Transition rations for calves

In June, Sam Leadley with Attica (N.Y.) Veterinary Associates posted a graph showing the amount of feed available for growth for calves fed an intensive or accelerated milk ration before weaning. FULL STORY »

Calf Notes provide researched insight into raising dairy calves

John Quigley’s latest Calf Note discusses new research into recording the changes in the insulin sensitivity of milk-fed calves. FULL STORY »

World Dairy Expo online dairy cattle entries available Play video

World Dairy Expo’s online dairy cattle entry system is now available to exhibitors wishing to make entries to this year’s show. FULL STORY »

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 »

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