Expert says to start calves on low-quality forage
It’s not often you hear the recommendation to feed lower-quality feedstuffs, but when it comes to starting young calves on forage, that’s exactly the advice of renowned heifer production researcher Dr. Alex Bach from Spain. FULL STORY »
What milk replacer ratio is best?
What protein and fat percentages in milk replacer are best for young calves? What feeding rate is appropriate? Virginia Tech University dairy scientist Robert James offers his advice on the subject. FULL STORY »
Study evaluates free-choice, acidified milk replacer
The practice of feeding free-choice, acidified milk replacer is experiencing a resurgence, particularly in the Northeast U.S. A recent Journal of Dairy Science article evaluates its merits. FULL STORY »
Electrolytes a valuable tool for summer heat
Electrolytes help calves cope with heat stress by replacing lost fluids, restoring the acid-base balance, and providing extra nutrients and energy to the calf. FULL STORY »
Estimating DMI in dairy heifers
Dry-matter intake (DMI) is a valuable measure of dairy heifer productivity, but a difficult factor to assess. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin share the results of a large-scale heifer DMI study. FULL STORY »
Is the grass greener?
Farms utilize pasture to lessen stored forage demand during the spring and summer months, when quantity may be limited. But, how many producers can say they manage pastures to their fullest potential? FULL STORY »