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 »

Calving difficulty has lifelong effects

It is not surprising that a difficult birth can cause future reproductive delays for the dam. But new research indicates that a setback in milk production may be experienced by the offspring of dystocia. FULL STORY »

Transportation and health of baby calves

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) has added to its Gold Standards of calf care with guidelines on animal welfare from birth to freshening. Gold Standards I covers production and performance standards for calves from birth to 6 months and Gold Standards II covers production and performance standards for heifers from 6 months to freshening. FULL STORY »

Calving pens: manage for health

Both the dam and the newborn calf are vulnerable to infection at calving time. The key is to reduce exposure to bacteria through management. FULL STORY »

Learn more about Salmonella

A new resource for information on helping control Salmonella Newport is available at: www.SalmonellaRisk.com. FULL STORY »

A new look at bovine coronavirus

BCV has been implicated in bovine respiratory disease, and researchers are taking a closer look. FULL STORY »

Get the most out of colostrum testing

If you are testing colostrum, make sure you are using the appropriate tools in the right way. FULL STORY »

Heat lamps help grow bacteria

Chilly fall temperatures signal the start of calf-warming season, and with it comes some precautions for heat lamp users. FULL STORY »

6 tips to reduce exposure to E. coli

Disease causing bacteria, such as E.coli, can have very negative effects on calves, especially calves under five days of age. Land O’Lakes Purina Feed Calf and Heifer Specialist, Jason Leonard, offers the following tips to aid in reducing the exposure of newborn calves to E.coli and other bacteria. FULL STORY »

Iowa pasteurization survey

A 2010 pasteurization survey of Iowa dairies by Iowa State Extension Dairy Specialist Jennifer Bentley shows that management and effective use of pasteurization can improve overall calf health. FULL STORY »

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