New insights on rumen development
A well-developed, fully functional rumen enables cattle to utilize forage for advanced growth, maintain adequate health, efficiently reproduce and produce optimal volumes of milk. However, a dairy calf is not born with a functioning rumen. New research takes a look at the influence early life feeding has on rumen development. FULL STORY »
Dairy replacement heifer management: Paradigms and progress
The goals of dairy replacement management programs are to raise heifers at low economic and environment cost without compromising future lactation performance, said Pat Hoffman at the 2010 DCRC annual meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. Although multiple management and nutrition programs exist, not all achieve these desired results. FULL STORY »
Highlights of calf research presented at ADSA meeting
Scientists from around the globe gathered to share their research and learn the latest developments in all aspects of animal science. The following summary provides a few highlights on topics related to calf feeding and management. FULL STORY »
Do different forage sources impact calf performance?
New work from the Institute for Agrifood Research and Technology in Barcelona, Spain recently took a look to see what effect different forage sources would have on the performance and feeding behavior of calves. FULL STORY »
Study examines effect of crude protein levels on follicles
Nutrition plays a role in the reproductive performance of heifers. In a Journal of Dairy Science article published earlier this year, Israeli researchers reported the effect of high dietary crude protein on characteristics of preovulatory follicles in Holstein heifers. FULL STORY »
Economics of intensified feeding
Michigan State University recently took a look at what the effect of intensified feeding of heifer calves was on growth, pubertal age, calving age, milk yield and economics. FULL STORY »
What makes a good calf starter?
Mark Hill, ruminant nutrition researcher with Nurture Research Center of Provimi North America, shares nine characteristics that should be kept in mind when formulating calf starters. FULL STORY »