Rumen development happens gradually

All cattle are ruminants, but newborn calves have non-functioning rumens that develop gradually over approximately the first 84 days of life. A description of this progression and a series of graphics illustrate the process. FULL STORY »

Milk replacer storage tips

The experts at Grober Nutrition Inc. provide advice on successfully storing milk replacer on the farm, to maintain its quality and nutritive value until it is fed to calves. FULL STORY »

Pasteurizer system resource

Is a waste-milk pasteurizing system right for your operation? Are you already feeding pasteurized waste milk but could use some quality improvements? A comprehensive guide on waste-milk pasteurization systems is available as your reference. FULL STORY »

New nutrition e-newsletter

HerdSmart is a monthly electronic newsletter that offers management tips to dairy producers from industry experts. FULL STORY »

Check stored grain for potential problems

A warm spell in January is a good time to check stored grain. The value of the grain stored in a 25,000-bushel bin is about $175,000 at a corn market price of $7 per bushel, $350,000 for soybeans at $14 per bushel and $200,000 for wheat at $8 per bushel. FULL STORY »

What percent protein: fat milk replacer is best?

When feeding calves, percentages are not as important as the total amount of protein or fat consumed. FULL STORY »

Deliver a warm meal in winter

It is no small feat to deliver milk or milk replacer at calf body temperature during the dead of winter. Try these tips from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y. FULL STORY »

Weaning with less stress

Weaning is less stressful when calves meet these three criteria for rumen maturity. FULL STORY »

Minimize calf stress in the winter months

Keeping newborn and young calves healthy can be a challenge during cold weather. Wind and snow can add stress to even the healthiest of calves. FULL STORY »

Environment, body size impact winter calf nutrition

Care given to dairy calves needs to change in the winter to meet the animals’ higher maintenance requirements. FULL STORY »

Time for a check-up on winter water sources

We often think about focusing on water supply for dairy cattle during the summer when water intake is the highest and heat stress occurs. However, limited water availability is often an issue during the winter months. FULL STORY »

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