The health and productivity of young calves can be affected by a wide range of metabolic and pathogenic conditions. Among the maladies that can profoundly affect calves’ health is their intake and balance of sodium.
Adequate feeding space for every heifer is a moving target for most dairies and heifer raisers. When overcrowding occurs and not all heifers can eat at the same time, how does this affect animal performance?
When raising replacement heifers, cost per pound of gain is a far more important metric than daily feed cost, according to Tamilee Nennich, dairy nutritionist and board member for the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association.