Cold stress happens even after the snow is gone

Calves can experience cold stress at temperatures well above freezing, and therefore will be susceptible to cold stress, even after the snow and ice melts. FULL STORY »

New Calf Notes available

The Calf Note reviews an evaluation of the factors that drive growth and efficiency in pre-weaned calves. FULL STORY »

"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 »

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