Destination of non-IgG protein explained

Colostrum provides IgG to the newborn dairy calf so it is protected against disease, but what about the fate of non-IgG protein in colostrum? "It’s an interesting observation and may provide some insights into the newborn calf’s metabolism," says one calf expert. FULL STORY »

3 tips to beat the summer heat

Here are three areas you can focus on to make your calves comfortable during the heat: housing, feed management and hydration. FULL STORY »

Adapt your feeding strategies to summer conditions

In addition to cooling, shade and ventilation, strategic adjustments to diet formulation and feeding management can help cows to better cope with extreme weather conditions. FULL STORY »

Starter protein content evaluated

With enhanced-nutrition milk-replacer programs comes the concurrent need for higher-protein starter rations. A University of Illinois study published recently in the Journal of Dairy Science explores the performance effects of calf starter grain with enhanced crude protein levels, versus conventional starter FULL STORY »

By-products: Not always a ‘cheap’ feed for heifers

Feedstuffs that look inexpensive at face value may be more expensive than you think when they are evaluated based on nutritive content. Accurately assessing the true value of a feedstuff requires examining a variety of factors. FULL STORY »

Monitor heifer average daily gain

For the first 70 days of age, a reasonable average daily gain should be 1.7 to 2 pounds per day. By six months of age, heifers should average at least 2 pounds of gain per day. FULL STORY »

Researchers to study automated calf feeding systems

University of Minnesota dairy scientists hope to learn best practices for optimizing the use of automated feeders for calves. Here is a look at what they are planning to do, as well as some practical advice on using this technology. FULL STORY »

Video series gives livestock producers access to grazing school

A new video series produced by Ohio State University educators offers livestock producers detailed information about a wide variety of grazing management techniques taught by OSU Extension livestock and forage experts. FULL STORY »

Milk feeding study discussed in podcast

Milk and calf starter feeding programs have a substantial impact on calf growth and health. A recent podcast features research from a calf feeding study at Purdue University. FULL STORY »

Calves need free-choice water

A Purdue Dairy Digest podcast discusses the importance of providing free-choice water to calves. FULL STORY »

The latest on heat-treating colostrum

Researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine have proven that colostrum can be heat-treated with successful outcomes in a university research setting, but can the practice be applied with equal success on commercial dairy farms? That question was addressed in the team’s most recently published work in the Journal of Dairy Science. FULL STORY »

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