Find sick calves early
Detecting and treating sick calves promptly greatly increases the likelihood that calves will recover quickly and completely. A University of California veterinarian shares his thoughts on early disease detection and treatment. FULL STORY »
Pay attention to summer calf health
Summer’s heat can be hard on calves. The experts at Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products Co. share strategies for helping calves cope with heat stress and protect health and performance. FULL STORY »
Colostrum: More than meets the eye
Recent research suggests that other parts of colostrum – specifically, growth factors and hormones – may play an essential role in growth and development of the newborn. FULL STORY »
Guidelines for whole-herd BVD testing
Cutting out BVD testing may produce short-term financial savings, but could have devastating, long-term consequences. The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council offers guidelines for whole-herd BVD control programs. FULL STORY »
Stepping over dollars to pick up dimes
We all do it. We ignore the low-hanging fruit that will give us a better return and we go after the things that are riskier and often give us barely any return. We set ourselves up to fail when we ignore common sense practices that we know are good for the bottom line. Dairy calf expert Sam Leadley, PhD, Attica Veterinary Associates, sees that all too often on dairy farms where calf care is concerned. FULL STORY »
Five good reasons to ...
It is a contagious, costly disease of animals that also affects humans. It is spread by direct contact with infected animals or with an environment that has been contaminated with discharges from infected animals. FULL STORY »
Control heifer mastitis
You may have a heifer mastitis problem on your farm if greater than 15 percent of heifers have clinical mastitis around calving or greater than 15 percent of all heifers have a first test-day SCC greater than 150,000 cells/mL. FULL STORY »
Why do bad things happen to good calf raisers?
You may be doing "everything” right, yet calves still get sick and some die. A calf management specialist examines why these negative outcomes occur and what you can do to lower the rate of “bad” things. FULL STORY »