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 »

What's your feed shrink?

How much harvested forage or purchased grains and commodities are wasted? A trailer load of corn grain costs in excess of $8,000, says Bob James, extension dairy scientist at Virginia Tech. Reducing shrink from 10 percent to 5 percent is worth over $400. FULL STORY »

Interest in group calf feeding runs high

Hundreds of dairy producers and industry representatives convened in Syracuse, N.Y., earlier this month to learn more about group housing and feeding of dairy calves. The Cornell University-sponsored symposium explored a broad range of topics related to group rearing, from the technical to the practical. FULL STORY »

Study finds phosphorus supplementation unnecessary

Does the ideal ration for growing dairy heifers require supplemental phosphorus? A group of Wisconsin researchers studied the issue and share their conclusions. FULL STORY »

4 quarts of colostrum: Too much of a good thing?

The recommendation of feeding newborn Holstein calves 4 quarts of colostrum in the first four hours of life has been widely adopted. Although the value of the colostrum itself is not in question, Canadian veterinarian Neil Anderson says the volume could be troublesome if it is delivered all at once and with an esophageal feeder. FULL STORY »

Are auto feeders right for your operation?

Automatic calf feeders are growing in popularity across the country. Could your operation be next? FULL STORY »

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 »

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