Calf hypothermia on grazing dairies

Young dairy calves are particularly susceptible to hypothermia because of poor insulation and high surface area to volume ratio. FULL STORY »

Using calf depression scores

Assessing calves using depression scores can be a useful tool for treatment and intervention. FULL STORY »

Transferring bacteria via colostrum

Colostrum – conveyor of all things good for newborn calves – also can unfortunately serve as a vehicle for harmful bacteria, delivering pathogens directly into their naïve digestive systems. Calf researcher Jim Quigley reviews two recent studies that evaluated colostrum contamination. FULL STORY »

Don’t shortcut colostrum management

There are five “Qs” of colostrum management: quality, quantity, quickly, sQueeky clean, quantify passive transfer, says Sam Leadley, PhD, Attica Veterinary Associates, P.C., Attica, N.Y. But often when there is a “surge” of calvings on a dairy, colostrum shortcuts happen in colostrum management. Where do the shortcuts happen that negatively impact calf health? Leadley says at every point. FULL STORY »

Clean calf feeding equipment in six easy steps

Cleaning calf and heifer feeding equipment is a vital part of every dairy. Without proper cleaning and sanitation of feeding equipment, disease and illness can quickly spread between calves. Follow these steps to ensure calf feeding equipment is properly sanitized. FULL STORY »

Anaphylactic reactions are a true emergency

Chances are, if you have given enough injections over time, you have run across an anaphylactic reaction. FULL STORY »

Help for managing dystocia calves

The latest issue of Calving Ease offers some good advice on handling calves born as the result of a difficult birth. FULL STORY »

BRD economics in dairy calves

Dairy calves with BRD can have long-term economic effects such as lower ADG, decreased survival to first calving and calving later in life. FULL STORY »

Baby, it's cold outside

Respiratory disease can be a persistent problem in naturally ventilated calf barns in winter. Research on housing calves in these facilities in winter has identified a few key practices that help reduce respiratory disease. FULL STORY »

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 »

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