Warm colostrum properly

A case study shared in a recent blog post looks at culture results from samples of heated colostrum and what was going on at the farm to make bacterial counts so variable. FULL STORY »

Brix refractometer accuracy evaluated

Is the Brix refractometer a practical and accurate tool for measuring IgG levels in colostrum? A recent study published in the Journal of Dairy Science looks for the answer. FULL STORY »

Know your vet — and reap the rewards

A former president of the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association shares how an ongoing business relationship with his herd veterinarian has been a long-term asset to his operation. FULL STORY »

Focus on good calf growth

Dairy calves need plenty of energy for growth and to build a strong immune system. Freezing conditions divert energy into maintenance, causing calves to fall short of the energy they need for good health and growth. FULL STORY »

Be mindful of ventilation in group calf housing

Here is some advice to consider before making the switch from individual to group calf housing. FULL STORY »

Advice for tackling high coliform bacteria in colostrum

It is possible to feed colostrum with low coliform bacteria counts, but efforts to reduce coliform counts in colostrum must be a team effort. FULL STORY »

New online Salmonella risk assessment

The short self-assessment tool is designed to help you recognize risks for a Salmonella outbreak on your dairy operation. FULL STORY »

YouTube video offers calf disease prevention tips

The informational video highlights the importance of newborn calf protection against E. coli and coronavirus from a veterinarian's perspective. FULL STORY »

Dust off your colostrum protocols

The New Year is a good time to review all parts of your colostrum management program. Here are several quality control points to guide you in this task. FULL STORY »

Catch, treat pneumonia before it’s too late

Calves that suffer from clinical pneumonia can experience lifelong effects on health and performance if the disease is not treated promptly and cured thoroughly. The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association offers advice on staying ahead of calf pneumonia. FULL STORY »

Health outcomes from the NAHMS Dairy Heifer Raiser study

The recently published “Dairy Heifer Raiser 2011” study, issued by the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System, provides some interesting insights into the health challenges and practices of contract heifer growers. FULL STORY »

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