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 »

Improve the weaning transition period

Weaning is a critical transition period for young dairy calves. Creating nutritionally and socially stable plans for calves as they transition through the weaning period is essential. FULL STORY »

Tip of the Week looks at hypothermia

Spring may be here, at least by the calendar, but cold temperatures are still a threat to newborn calves. The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association has compiled some advice for detecting and dealing with hypothermia in newborn calves. FULL STORY »

Heifer fertility factors

When it comes to heifer fertility, reproductive experts say to focus your efforts on those factors that you can control through your actions and decision-making. FULL STORY »

Advice on dehorning

Although dehorning can be stressful, proper procedures and doing the process early in life can significantly reduce the stress load on the calf. FULL STORY »

30 seconds well spent

Deep, dry bedding is essential for baby calves to nest and conserve energy. Spending 30 seconds to do the knee test can help you make sure bedding is adequate. FULL STORY »

A well-fed calf is a healthier calf

Too often, calf raisers feed "a pound a day" of milk replacer because that’s the way it’s always been. Here are some reasons to step it up. FULL STORY »

Factors that affect calf standing time

Rest is an important factor in calf health and growth, and research has shown that standing requires more energy than lying, plus can cause calves to exert more energy to maintain body temperature in cold conditions. FULL STORY »

Heifer fertility factors

Breeding-age heifers should be the most fertile animals on the farm, but that is not always the case. Katie Ballard, researcher at the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in New York, explores the possible reasons why. FULL STORY »

Tools for Teams workshop coming up in Pa.

Penn State’s Extension Dairy Team is offering a “Tools for Teams” workshop on March 20. The workshop will highlight the use of various whole farm and data tracking tools to help teams improve success. FULL STORY »

It's still winter

This winter has thrown many weather challenges your way. Warmer temperatures may be on the way, but you must still stay the course with winter calf-care protocols for awhile. FULL STORY »

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