Too many stressors

Stressful events in the lives of calves can stack up and cause trouble for their health and productivity. The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association explains the biological process of stress, and how to avoid overloading calves with it. FULL STORY »

Cool dry cows to boost income potential

If cooling dry cows isn’t something you’ve ever considered, it may be an area of untapped economic potential. Here is a look at research that shows the advantages for both the cow and her calf. FULL STORY »

How to use genomic testing

Genomics is a game-changing tool that works best when you are committed to recordkeeping, good management and long-term improvement of your herd’s genetic potential. FULL STORY »

Heat stress during dry period affects calves, too

Calves exposed to heat stress before birth have lower birth weights and compromised immunity. FULL STORY »

Strategies to stamp out stable flies

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are developing improved methods to locate stable fly habitats, finding easier and more efficient ways to control them. FULL STORY »

Case study: Issues among group-housed calves

Here are two real-world examples of group housing and feeding systems for calves and a discussion of the challenges in each system. FULL STORY »

Manage newborn calves for productivity

The first few weeks of a calf's life are pivotal to its productivity. With proper management, you can minimize stressors and pitfalls that jeopardize the health and productivity of your calves. FULL STORY »

Safety programs don't happen overnight

It takes time to develop and implement on-farm safety programs. Here are a few tips to help you take on this large project. FULL STORY »

Make it a smooth transition

As you transition from winter to summer calf-care protocols, what should be your top priorities for getting calves ready for a new season? FULL STORY »

Clean calf hutches: More than a spring-cleaning project

Many calf raisers are in spring-cleaning mode, but keeping calf hutches clean should be a year-round priority. Here are some tips for cleaning and sanitizing them. FULL STORY »

Start fly control now

Fly season is quickly approaching. Have you thought through your plan of attack? Establishing a plan now can save you a lot of time and energy this summer. FULL STORY »

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