The dystocia calf

Dystocia affects between 13% to 15% of Holstein calves and is defined as delayed or difficult parturition. For calf survival, it's critical to understand how dystocia happens, how to prevent it and how to care for dystocia calves. FULL STORY »

Serum protein content affects calf growth

A new Calf Note reviews interesting research that shows the long-term value of feeding colostrum. FULL STORY »

New Calf Note discusses bacteria in colostrum

Calf Note #163 looks at the results of two studies of colostrum management on dairies in the U.S. FULL STORY »

Proper sanitation key for effective vaccinations

Healthy calves are the result of good planning. Working with your veterinarian, you can develop a vaccination and health management plan based on the age of your animals, location and best management practices (BMPs). FULL STORY »

Avoid these calf drug use mistakes

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is important even down at the baby calf level. Jim Brett, DVM, Mississippi State University, discusses some of the common mistakes made on dairies that can detrimentally affect BQA. FULL STORY »

Navel dipping reduces infections

Navel infections reportedly account for about 2 percent of preweaned dairy calf mortality in the United States. Sam Leadley, calf management consultant with Attica Veterinary Associates, Attica, N.Y., says routinely dipping navels of newborn calves can significantly reduce the incidence of navel infections. FULL STORY »

Are your calves sipping bacteria soup?

Colostrum delivery is a key component to raising healthy calves. But this “liquid gold” also can create a calf’s first disease challenge if not handled correctly. FULL STORY »

Scientists study L. Hardjo vaccines

Recently, USDA scientists examined a commercial leptospirosis vaccine for its ability to provide short-term and long-term protection against experimental infection with serovar Hardjo, the primary cause of bovine leptospirosis. FULL STORY »

DCHA tip of the week: Controlling parasites in heifers

When it comes to raising healthy heifers in a humane fashion, preventing infectious disease is only part of the battle. Internal and external parasites also can take a toll on heifer well-being and limit their production potential. FULL STORY »

Tube feeding did not reduce IgG absorption

A recent study at Penn State compares total serum protein and IgG concentrations and apparent efficiency of absorption in Holstein heifer calves when colostrum was fed by nipple bottle or esophageal feeder. FULL STORY »

Health care practices: Planning and observation are key

Here are some tips from the Dairy Beef Quality Assurance manual to help prevent disease and keep your dairy calves healthy. FULL STORY »

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