Color code esophageal feeders
Don’t make the mistake of using the same esophageal feeder to give fluids to a sick calf and then to deliver colostrum to a newborn calf.
Prevent heifer mastitis
Use these eight strategies to keep your heifers from becoming infected with mastitis before they freshen.
Reduce clostridia risk
Seven strategies you can use to protect the health of your calves.
Halt heifer mastitis
Here's how to control mastitis in heifers before they give their first drop of milk.
Prevent the "fresh heifer crash"
Picture this: A new dairy experiences a high incidence of retained fetal membranes, metritis, displaced abomasums and udder edema among newly fresh heifers. In addition, the heifers experience a tremendous loss of body condition the first week after calving.
Keep hands clean near calves
Clean hands is fundamental for controlling the spread of disease.
Dip umbilical cord
Use this preventative step to help ensure the health of your calves.
Fighting calf scours
Rarely does a week go by without a dairy producer asking me what treatment he should use for calf scours. However, before you and your veterinarian can evaluate treatment options, you must examine the calves and conduct laboratory tests to determine the cause, or causes, of the problem.
Protect your calves against mycoplasma
Use these practices to minimize the risk of your calves developing a mycoplasma-related illness.
Heifer raisers should focus on Johne’s, too
Johne’s disease most often affects older animals, says Charlie Elrod with Cargill Animal Nutrition, and formerly with the New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program.
Set heifer protocols by group
For many of my clients, heifers and calf management is an afterthought. Although the producers know that the young stock will be future money-makers on the dairy, their focus remains on the current money-makers - the cows.
BRSV vaccination critical
Canadian research conducted by John Ellis, veterinarian at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in
Keep calf equipment clean
If not cleaned properly, disease-causing organisms can reside on the bottles, pails and nipples you use to feed calves.
Uncover calf health problems
Use this checklist to rate your calf management program and spot problems that can lead to death in the first two months of life.
Calves need lepto vaccinations earlier
If you give heifers their first vaccination for leptospirosis when they’re yearlings, you may be too late, says Victor Cortese, director of technical services for Pfizer Animal Health.