Heat stress and young stock

Cows receive a lot of attention regarding heat stress, but heat is hard on younger animals, too. Grain intake, health and immunity all are affected when calves are exposed to extreme heat. FULL STORY »

Causes and prevention of abomasal bloat in calves

Abomasol bloat in preweaned calves usually is fatal. Ohio veterinarian Fred Gingrich addresses causes and prevention of this dangerous disease. FULL STORY »

Make summer comfortable for calves

The calendar says it’s almost fall, but Mother Nature still has other ideas. The experts at Milk Products, LLC offer advice for caring for calves in the heat. FULL STORY »

Heat stress in dairy calves

Temperatures outside calves’ thermoneutral zones can add stress and cause calves to expend more energy to stay cool. Here are some tips from Pennsylvania State University on helping to prevent heat stress in calves. FULL STORY »

FDA workshop on animal drugs in feed available online

Antibiotics that are important in treating humans are being phased out as feed additives for food animals, and new feed additives must be used under the oversight of a licensed veterinarian. A series of presentations at a recent FDA workshop addressing these transitions now is available for viewing online. FULL STORY »

Colostrum replacer evaluation

The growing availability of colostrum replacers can create as many questions as there are product offerings. A recent evaluation of colostrum-replacer performance data by the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in New York helps sort out the answers. FULL STORY »

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 »

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