Grain reigns in post-weaning rations

Just-weaned calves still have a lot of growing to do, and rumen development to maximize that growth is critical. Calf experts at Land O’Lakes Purina Feed say recent research suggests that butyric acid — derived from a grain-based diet — is believed to be a key driver in rumen papillae development. FULL STORY »

Distillers grains offer viable feed option for dairy heifers

Dairy producers looking for a high-quality heifer feed that often costs less than traditional corn and soybean feed grains should consider distillers grains, says a Purdue Extension dairy nutrition specialist. FULL STORY »

Step up calf nutrition in cold weather

Falling temperatures can compromise calf growth and health. Make plans now to adjust your calf nutrition. FULL STORY »

Post-weaning growth found to be a critical factor for production of mature dairy cattle

Recent research confirms that how a calf is managed from the moment it is born defines how much she will produce as a lactating dairy cow with the most profit potential. FULL STORY »

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 »

Study finds major flaws in colostrum management

California State University research suggests there are major variations in colostrum antibody concentrations and bacteria levels on farm. 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 »

Calf starter technology

Calf starter technology was discussed at the 2011 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Conference. 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 »

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