Optimizing calf survival at birth

Despite advancing technology, dairy calf losses remain alarmingly high, according to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Fortunately, numerous measures can be taken to ensure more live births. FULL STORY »

Troubleshooting group-housing challenges

When the health and performance of group-housed calves is faltering, changes need to be made. Pennsylvania State University professor of dairy science Jud Heinrich provides a case study of the challenges and solutions for two farms raising wet calves in group housing. FULL STORY »

New study looks at range of responses to dehorning

How do calves respond to dehorning? Is pain management necessary with the procedure? The results of a recent Texas Tech University study shed some insight on the answers. FULL STORY »

Fighting disease with proper nutrition

Successful disease prevention does not just come out of a bottle, as explained in a tip from the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association. FULL STORY »

Spring cleaning for a healthy summer

Is it spring yet? Barring any more snowstorms, it’s time to tidy up hutches, bottles, pails, calf jackets and more. FULL STORY »

Parasite control: Getting the best of both worlds

Can parasite control be effective and reduce resistance at the same time? Here are some elements to consider when crafting an effective parasite program for your herd. FULL STORY »

Coccidiosis and shedding

There is a close connection between shedding rates and infection levels. When the infection level is high, so is shedding. Adopt these practices to reduce shedding among heifers and calves. FULL STORY »

Johne’s Disease: going, going, gone?

While federal funding to eradicate Johne’s Disease is essentially gone, the disease itself is not. FULL STORY »

USDA finalizes disease traceability rules

The USDA has published new regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving across state lines. FULL STORY »

Merck Animal Health launches BRD blog

Merck Animal Health has announced its sponsorship of “BRD Report: From the Fence Post,” a blog focused on raising awareness of bovine respiratory disease, as well as providing industry professionals a central resource to access information vital to the prevention, treatment and management of the disease. FULL STORY »

Colostrum supplements and replacers: What is the difference?

Research indicates that passive immunity is often inadequate due to low concentration of colostral immunoglobulins, insufficient methods of feeding colostrum, and low absorption of immunoglobulins by the calf. FULL STORY »

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