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 »

Avoid these 6 silage-sampling mistakes

Sampling silage is important, but it’s also critical that the best sampling techniques are used to receive accurate results from the effort. FULL STORY »

Feed calves more to cut costs

Research from the University of Georgia shows that a higher up-front investment in calves can actually be the most cost-effective strategy. FULL STORY »

No more grain in the rain

It's raining, it's pouring. Now you have wet calf starter that needs to be thrown out. Here is an easy way to keep that from happening. FULL STORY »

Start your calves out right

Follow these calf starter tips to help fuel your calves’ growth and performance. FULL STORY »

Make it a smooth transition

As you transition from winter to summer calf-care protocols, what should be your top priorities for getting calves ready for a new season? 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 »

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