"Cow College" materials online

A wide range of nutrition topics was presented at the recent Virginia State Feed Association & Nutritional Management “Cow College.” Now you can browse the papers and slides from your computer. FULL STORY »

The other side of the transition: colostrum and calves

Much attention has been focused in recent years on transition cows. Nutritional and other management efforts have been devised to help launch them into healthy and productive new lactations. But what effects do these measures have on the developing fetuses of these late-term cows, and the quality of colostrum they produce? FULL STORY »

Stick with dry hay

Are forage sources interchangeable in heifer rations? A team of Purdue researchers investigated the issue. FULL STORY »

Should you worry about mycotoxins in DDGS?

A survey published this year has some good news. FULL STORY »

Evaluate alternative starch sources

Corn grain has traditionally been the cheapest source of starch. However, in light of high corn prices, it is wise to evaluate other starch sources. FULL STORY »

Nutrition resources in Spanish

Several nutrition resources that have been translated into Spanish are available at the Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition web site. FULL STORY »

Researchers explore intensified calf feeding

A recent Michigan Dairy Review article examines the potential advantages and pitfalls of intensified feeding programs, as well as costs and returns. FULL STORY »

Serum protein content affects calf growth

A new Calf Note reviews interesting research that shows the long-term value of feeding colostrum. FULL STORY »

Looking behind, looking ahead

How have dairy calf feeding and management practices changed over the past 20 years? What research results fueled those changes? What does the future hold for calf rearing? Nutritionist Al Kertz takes a look at where we’ve been and where we’re headed. FULL STORY »

Cold weather feeding and bedding go hand-in-hand

Increasing nutrients in cold conditions to help calves compensate for the additional energy they expend to maintain body heat has been widely researched and adopted. But ensuring calves are housed with deep straw bedding can do much to accentuate this step-up in nutrients. FULL STORY »

Tube feeding did not reduce IgG absorption

A recent study at Penn State compares total serum protein and IgG concentrations and apparent efficiency of absorption in Holstein heifer calves when colostrum was fed by nipple bottle or esophageal feeder. FULL STORY »

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