Components of innate immunity

The innate immune system has many components. Here is a look at those components and the overall importance of innate immunity to dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

Help every newborn survive

Ending a difficult birth with a live calf is a triumph, but that success could be short-lived. The Ontario Veal Association shares tips on how to help dystocia calves recover and thrive. FULL STORY »

Economic effects of BRD in dairy calves

Amy Stanton, PhD, University of Guelph, says young dairy calves that have experienced a bovine respiratory disease (BRD) episode can have long-term economic effects. FULL STORY »

Cool down those calves

Here are some management practices to help you avoid calf death losses during hot and humid weather. FULL STORY »

Calf stress and immune response

For young calves, such as dairy calves on a calf ranch, the stress of ongoing disease (enteric, respiratory or other) and suboptimal dietary energy, protein, fat-soluble vitamins or minerals are likely to be common causes of an impaired response to vaccination. FULL STORY »

Watch for these signs of heat stress in calves

Hot weather can be extremely hard on young calves. According to the Ontario Veal Association, calves have an upper critical temperature of just 79°F. Higher ambient temperatures cause them to expend more energy and require more water. Find out the signs that your calves may be struggling with heat stress. FULL STORY »

Maximizing innate immunity

Innate immunity in the bovine can be helped and hindered by management of stress and nutrition. FULL STORY »

Manage calves for optimal performance

Adequately taking care of your calves and heifers today is important because they will be influencing the milking herd’s performance in 2014. FULL STORY »

Veterinary oversight for dairy farms

Recently, the FDA released several “guidance documents” that have established their current and future policy regarding the use of antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals. FULL STORY »

Organic compounds eliminate disease-causing pathogens

Natural compounds may offer an alternative to certain antibiotics in the future for treating young animals that are susceptible to bacterial infections, thanks to work by USDA scientists. FULL STORY »

Help vaccines do their job in the summer heat

Choose respiratory protection wisely; avoid overstressing cattle during hot weather. FULL STORY »

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