Exploring the origins of scours

Dr. Noah Litherland, dairy youngstock technical specialist for Vita Plus Corp., discusses the mechanisms of how this frustrating disease develops in calves. FULL STORY »

Four tips for successful electrolyte use

North Carolina State University researcher Geof Smith has conducted in-depth research on the use of oral electrolyte solutions in calves. He shares four important tips from his results. 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 »

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 »

Crop costs conversation: Get the most out of cropping plans

The variety of production systems make it difficult for any one farm to truly know the cost to feed its herd when basing prices solely on the prevailing market. Though analysts do a reasonable job approximating the market costs for feedstuffs like corn silage and alfalfa haylage, actual producer costs can vary greatly within the same state. For this reason, it pays to know the true costs to produce the crops fed on the dairy farm. FULL STORY »

Factors to limit cross-sucking in auto-fed calves

Researchers at Virginia Tech University have evaluated factors related to cross-sucking behavior in group-housed, preweaned calves. FULL STORY »

Calf starter for earlier rumen development

The diet of preweaned calves has a tremendous impact on rumen development. University of Kentucky researchers explain why. FULL STORY »

Are probiotics for young calves worthwhile?

Dr. Jim Quigley with Provimi North America evaluates the merits of probiotics in his latest issue of Calf Notes. FULL STORY »

Dairy farm employee management: new employee orientation

Whether or not a new employee becomes a long-term asset to your operation rests partly in your hands. Helpful advice on new employee orientation comes from Melissa O’Rourke, Extension Dairy Specialist with Iowa State University. FULL STORY »

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