What are the odds your heifers will make it to second lactation?
Ever wonder what the odds are that the heifers you’re raising will complete their first or second lactation? Researchers in Spain have recently completed a study that looks at the associations between different aspects of heifer development and dairy cow survivability to second lactation. FULL STORY »
Tendon troubles in newborn calves require quick attention
Every now and then calves are born with a condition called contracted tendons. It results in the calf not being able to straighten out its front pasterns so they can put their hooves flat on the ground. FULL STORY »
Study examines sand bedding as source of infection for calves
Can calves contract mycoplasma from mycoplasma-contaminated sand bedding? New research from the March 2011 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science addresses this question. FULL STORY »
A mother’s touch?
New research reported in the March Journal of Dairy Science examines whether or not “artificial mothering” or verbal and physical stimulation by humans can impact passive transfer of immunoglobulins in newborn calves. FULL STORY »
First four months have lasting impact
The final results of a long-term research project conducted by Penn State were published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science. The study investigates possible relationships between management and health events that occurred during calves’ first four months of life and their future performance. FULL STORY »
Salmonella thrives in warm climates
While Salmonella is a major concern for dairies across the country, it is especially challenging for Western and Southern operations, where the warmth-loving bacteria can grow. FULL STORY »
Salmonella spreads via many routes
Salmonella bacteria can be found on virtually all dairies, regardless of region. Whether it starts as an undetected presence or causes a major disease outbreak depends greatly upon the exposure level of Salmonella organisms to animals. FULL STORY »