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 »

Management advice on feeding hay

Producers should not feed hay to calves less than 12 weeks of age, and there are several good reasons why. FULL STORY »

Sorting the economics of feeding milk replacer

Current market conditions have once again led to a steep increase in the cost of milk replacer powder over the past three to four months. Whey protein and lard prices are the primary drivers of the increased cost, but the uptrend of milk replacer prices has rightfully coincided with significant increases in fluid milk price as well. FULL STORY »

Fatty acids in starters and growers change calf performance

New research is taking a look at fatty acids and their influence on immunity and overall calf health. Work conducted at the Nurture Research Center of Provimi North America found that changing the fatty acid profile of calf starters and growers altered calf body weight gain from birth to 4 plus months of age. FULL STORY »

6 goals to improve silage stability

Ensiled forages are the most common feeds used on dairy farms. However, silages also are the most variable feeds on the farm. The nutritive value of silage affects animal health and production and the overall quality of dairy and beef products. Check out these six goals to improve silage stability. FULL STORY »

Give heifers fresh feed

Trevor DeVries, assistant professor of animal science at the University of Guelph’s Kemptville Campus in Ontario offers tips on feeding heifers and insight on how to avoid diet inconsistencies. FULL STORY »

Tips for using direct-fed microbials

Adding direct-fed microbials to milk or milk replacer may support calf intestinal integrity and overall health. Most research has reported little effect of direct-fed microbials on animal growth or feed efficiency. The Bovine Alliance on Management and Nutrition offers tips for feeding direct-fed microbials. FULL STORY »

The making of a ruminant

Many calf raisers are looking at alternatives to a traditional six- to eight-week weaning age. Find out what this calf-expert says are the critical components to any weaning program. FULL STORY »

Considerations when feeding discard milk to dairy calves, Part 1

Discard milk can be a wholesome alternative to whole milk or milk replacer but management and careful consideration is required when making the decision to feed it to calves. FULL STORY »

Considerations when feeding discard milk to dairy calves, Part 2

Bacteria content and other health issues are important concerns when feeding discard milk. Farmers are using pasteurization to address these issues. FULL STORY »

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