Is poor hygiene undermining conception rates?

Semen handling, insemination technique, and the environment in which you work can all play a role in reducing pregnancy rates. Use this assessment to identify weaknesses in hygiene during breeding. FULL STORY »

Change needles for good BQA Play video

Ben Schroeder, DVM, Cedar County Veterinary Services, Hartington, Neb., explains why he supplies his producers with a full box of needles instead of just what they might need, in order to help them maintain BQA principles when vaccinating cattle. FULL STORY »

On-farm pregnancy diagnosis options

An appropriate method for pregnancy diagnosis depends on the objectives of the reproductive program and considerations that are unique to each individual farm. FULL STORY »

Bands and tags eliminate errors

See how the calf crew at this Wisconsin dairy works as a team, cares for calves and communicates with one another – on opposite shifts, without saying a word. FULL STORY »

Find future supervisors

In this second feature of a two-part series, learn how dairy management expert Tom Fuhrmann advises identifying dairy employees who would make good candidates for supervisory roles. FULL STORY »

Easing the move to transition barns

Transitioning to group housing after weaning is a stressful time for calves. Vita Plus calf management specialist Ann Hoskins provides tips for making the process smoother. FULL STORY »

More thoughts on group housing

As the practice of group housing of preweaned dairy calves becomes more widespread, there is more to be learned from those who are using it. See how Michigan State University researchers weigh in on this evolving management practice. FULL STORY »

Calving surge advice

It’s a good idea to cross-train one or two other dairy employees who are not typical calf caregivers to help with calves in the event of a calving surge. FULL STORY »

What causes heifer weights to be so variable?

Canadian researchers took a look at just how variable heifer growth rates are between farms. FULL STORY »

Facebook page shares calf-care tips

Visitors to the "We Care for Calves" Facebook page recently shared some ways they’ve made calf feeding more efficient on their operations. FULL STORY »

Simple solution for keeping grain pails dry

You hate to throw out calf starter just because a rain cloud threatens to pour down on your calf hutches. Here's a simple way to keep you from having to do that. FULL STORY »

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