Common-sense antibiotic use

Antibiotics play an important role in both human and animal health. Striking a balance between the two is critical to the success of both branches of medicine. FULL STORY »

Nationwide upward ride

If the heifer market is any indicator of the attitudes of U.S. dairy producers, those in the dairy industry are feeling pretty optimistic about current and future market prospects. Easing feed costs; a strong export market; and positive milk futures through 2014 all may be contributing to that positive outlook. Prices for both medium- and top-quality springers were either steady or up nationwide this month, with the healthiest bump in Pennsylvania. Heifer calf prices also were steady to higher in all reviewed markets. FULL STORY »

PDPW hosting calf environment webinars

The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin will host, “Calf Environment: Methods that Work,” a two-session webinar series in November and December. FULL STORY »

Managing risk the first week after weaning

The transition off of a milk-based diet can set calves back and leave them vulnerable to weight loss and clinical disease. New York calf and heifer specialist Sam Leadley provides advice for easing calves successfully through this transition. FULL STORY »

Views on cow-calf separation

The consuming public has many questions about why specific farm practices are performed. Researcher Heather Dann with the W.H. Miner Institute in New York addresses the question of why dairy calves are separated from their dams so quickly on most farms. FULL STORY »

Tips to prepare calves for winter

Old Man Winter is knocking on our door, and Ann Hoskins, calf and heifer specialist for Vita Plus Corporation, offers advice on preparing calves for his arrival. FULL STORY »

Calves can tell you how they’re feeling

Animal well-being specialist Amy Stanton at the University of Wisconsin says young calves can clearly telegraph signs that they are not feeling well. FULL STORY »

Putting out fires to resolve disease outbreaks

Calf management specialist Jim Quigley with Provimi North America discusses the on-farm fundamentals that need to be visited when large-scale calf disease outbreaks occur. FULL STORY »

Vaccine handling tips

The disease-preventing value of vaccines can be lost if the products are not handled correctly. The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association provides a comprehensive list of tips to preserve the quality and integrity of vaccine products. FULL STORY »

Sick calf protocols

University of Wisconsin professor of veterinary medicine Sheila McGuirk provides a comprehensive, online document to help asses when calves need treatment, and what those treatments should be. FULL STORY »

Enhancing calf immunity through nutrition

Texas Tech University researcher Michael Ballou investigates whether feeding young calves more, and/or providing them with nutritional supplements, can help them resist gastro-intestinal disease in early life and beyond. FULL STORY »

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