Colostrum management essential to calf health

A newborn calf’s first nutrients also are the most critical. The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association offers a list of colostrum-management tips. FULL STORY »

Advice for coping with high feed cost

Long-term survival depends on how successfully you are able to utilize the resources and feed management options currently available to you. Here are some key areas to assess and common pitfalls to avoid. FULL STORY »

A reminder to step up energy needs in cold weather

Failing to meet energy needs during consistently low environmental temperatures can cause dairy calves and older animals to deplete body fat stores, plunging them into negative-energy balance. FULL STORY »

Buying or selling feeds? Know their dry matter

It's importance to know the dry matter concentration when buying or selling feeds. Here are some steps to help you price wet feeds. FULL STORY »

Does feeding frequency make a difference for wet calves?

Researchers at the University of Minnesota recently completed a study comparing the outcomes of feeding young calves milk replacer (both conventional and accelerated diets) four times a day versus two. The results may surprise you. FULL STORY »

More on SARA in calves

In a previous issue, we shared Dr. Jim Quigley’s work concluding that many young calves suffer from subacute rumen acidosis (SARA). This month, Quigley details how the condition affects digestion, health and growth. FULL STORY »

A look at copper toxicity in heifers

Growing heifers may be more susceptible to chronic copper toxicity than previously thought. Toxicity in young animals also may occur at dietary levels lower than those that induce toxicity in mature Holsteins. FULL STORY »

Focus on good calf growth

Dairy calves need plenty of energy for growth and to build a strong immune system. Freezing conditions divert energy into maintenance, causing calves to fall short of the energy they need for good health and growth. FULL STORY »

What's new in vitamins for dairy cattle?

An eXtension paper takes a look at the latest research on vitamin nutrition of dairy cows and current recommendations. FULL STORY »

Rumen microbiology textbook now online

The textbook provides an overview of rumen microbiology and its role in ruminant nutrition. A PDF can be downloaded for free via the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center web site. FULL STORY »

Effects of 2012 drought on feeding dairy animals

Here are some answers on how to handle feeding challenges presented by the drought of 2012. FULL STORY »

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