Summer climate changes mean preweaned calves need more water in their diets to prevent dehydration. But calf and heifer specialist Sam Leadley says calves also need water year-around for optimal digestive development.
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.
Cornell University’s Jason Karszes shares one approach to model the financial impact that different management performance within the replacement program can have on the replacement businesses and the overall dairy.
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.
Dairy calf research in the preweaned phase has been plentiful in the past few decades. However, there is now much to be learned in the relatively unchartered nutritional territory of the post-weaning phase.
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.