Winter feeding – don’t just add fat!
Calves need extra nutrients to withstand cold temperatures. But the experts at Grober Animal Nutrition say it’s not as easy as simply adding a little more fat to their rations. FULL STORY »
Avoid heifer growth bottlenecks
Heifers go through many growth stages on their path to maturity. Most dairy producers and heifer raisers do a good job of managing heifers throughout most of these stages, but a variety of bottlenecks can limit heifer potential and hamper management excellence. FULL STORY »
Aflatoxin warning for dairy calves
Aflatoxin isn’t just a major concern in lactating cows. The toxin can deliver a huge blow to a calf as it damages the liver and subsequently the young animal’s immune system. FULL STORY »
DairyCents now available for Android
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team’s mobile app, DairyCents, is now available for download on Android devices. It can be used to calculate income over feed cost and make feed-price comparisons. FULL STORY »
Feedipedia for worldwide livestock feeds
Feedipedia is an open-access information system on animal feed resources that provides information on nature, occurrence, chemical composition, nutritional value and safe use of nearly 1,400 worldwide livestock feeds. FULL STORY »
Pistachio shells: A hidden danger
Pistachio hulls contaminated with pistachio shells resulted in the death of dairy cows and heifers on three California dairies last month. It's a sober reminder to be vigilant about what is going into your dairy diets. FULL STORY »
How much milk will calves drink?
If left to their own devices, calves will consume a whole lot of milk or milk replacer. Just how much? New York calf and heifer specialist Dr. Sam Leadley investigates. FULL STORY »
Calves need water as much as other nutrients
Without adequate, free-choice water, calves are at risk of altered metabolic function, decreased starter intake and lower weight gain. The Ontario Veal Association provides details and guidelines on the importance of water in calf diets. FULL STORY »