Data gathered in a recent study by the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System also yields important information regarding colostrum delivery, calf nutrition, ventilation and maternal heat stress.
Flies are more than just an annoyance for calves in warm weather. High fly populations also can spread diseases among calves; cause stress and reduced immunity; and negatively impact growth and weight gain.
Increasing the liquid nutrients delivered to calves in cold weather is a highly recommended practice, and is done with the best of intentions. But abomassal bloat can be a deadly side effect for some calves.