The post-weaning slump

Why do calves tend to stall out or even lose weight after weaning? University of Kentucky Extension dairy specialist Donna Amaral-Phillips offers advice. FULL STORY »

Rumen Development in the Dairy Calf

Calves are born with undeveloped rumens, yet they will spend the vast majority of their lives as ruminants. Our job is to allow calves to make the transition easily and in a timely manner, so that they grow to be cost-effective forage consumers that are efficient and productive animals. FULL STORY »

Beware of mixing milk replacer with softened water

Mixing milk replacer with softened water can result in dangerously high sodium levels. FULL STORY »

The "Rule of 24" for feeding starter grain

Noah Litherland with Vita Plus Corporation says following the “Rule of 24” will help encourage starter grain intake in young calves. FULL STORY »

Preparing for Corn Silage Harvest

There are so many factors in executing an efficient and profitable corn silage harvest that it pays to get an early start on preparation. FULL STORY »

Water intake by dairy calves during the summer months

The University of Minnesota's SROC research center has more trouble maintaining good calf growth and health in the summer than in the winter. FULL STORY »

Growth benchmark basics for calf and heifer raisers

Monitoring performance and making adjustments as an investment grows is a key to optimizing return on investment. The same rule applies for calf and heifer nutrition programs, according to Gary Geisler with Purina Animal Nutrition LLC. FULL STORY »

Improving feed delivery for heifers over six months of age

Neil Broadwater with University of Minnesota Extension discusses how to improve feeding consistency for older heifers. FULL STORY »

Protein matters

Noah Litherland, dairy youngstock technical specialist with Vita Plus Corp., discusses various protein sources in calf milk replacer; why protein is important to young calves; and how it should be fed. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa silage advice

First-cutting alfalfa soon will be ready for silage. Dr. Limin Kung, silage expert from the University of Delaware, offers advice for making a great product. FULL STORY »

Warm weather milk replacer storage

Summer weather calls for extra attention when storing high-value milk replacer. FULL STORY »

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