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 »

Start calves off on the right foot

Minimizing manure in a calf’s mouth before she drinks colostrum is one of the most important management steps for reducing diarrhea in young calves. FULL STORY »

Colostrum: More than just Ig

Immunoglobulins are no doubt a critical ingredient in colostrum. But Cornell University dairy scientist Mike Van Amburgh declares that they are not the only key components in this “liquid gold.” FULL STORY »

Heifer hygiene for mastitis prevention

Udder health starts before heifers give their first drop of milk. Read tips for preventing mastitis and launching heifers into healthy lactations. FULL STORY »

Food safety is focus of $2.3 million in grants

An Ohio State University scientist and colleagues have garnered two food safety grants totaling $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Get the most out of your calf blankets

Calf blankets play an important role in calf comfort and warmth on any calf-raising operation, especially as the colder temperatures set in. But you can’t just put the blanket on the calf and forget about it. FULL STORY »

Don’t forget about BVD

Scours, pneumonia, then a bout of coccidiosis at weaning; she is just a “poor doer” is often what I hear. FULL STORY »

How direct-fed microbials support calf health

What are direct-fed microbials, and what is the purpose of adding them to calf diets? The Bovine Alliance on Management and Nutrition (BAMN) has issued a new publication, answering these and other questions regarding direct-fed microbials. FULL STORY »

Vaccine selection guidelines

Vaccines are critical tools to maximize herd health and profitability, but the myriad of vaccine options also can be confusing. Greg Edwards, DVM, Cattle Technical Services for Pfizer Animal Health, offers eight tips for making the best vaccine choices. FULL STORY »

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