Families across the country are sitting around the table, pencil in hand, trying to figure out how to gain some liquidity for their businesses. What if the answer was raising fewer heifers?
Careful review of the management, environmental conditions, stress factors and feeding procedures will almost always reveal problem areas that can predispose calves to developing abomasal ulcers.
The high cost of feeding excess heifers and the low price for them at the sale barn is a double hit to the pocket book.
Sometimes the best of intentions can lead to unintended consequences. Such was the case for one Wisconsin dairy that experienced a rash of illness and deaths in its young dairy calves.
How much is raising milk-fed calves really costing you? This chart helps break it down.