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Calf raisers share best practices and lessons learned PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee   

031014_calf-raisersThree seasoned calf managers shared their best calf-raising practices as well as lessons they’ve learned the hard way at the PDPW Calf Care Connection in Cleveland, Wisconsin. Their practical advice could make a big difference on your dairy.

 
Technical concepts outlined for positive-pressure ventilation systems PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee   

Twenty years ago, Dr. Ken Nordlund and his colleague, Dr. Sheila McGuirk, both with the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, were called to investigate respiratory disease outbreaks in calf barns.

 
Group-feeding calves for an organic dairy production system PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Brad Heins   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:55

group-feeding calves on an organic dairy Dairy replacement feeding and management systems have undergone major evolution in the last 25 to 30 years. As herd sizes increased, individual hutches were introduced to protect calves from contaminated and overcrowded environments.

Recently, higher levels of milk feeding are recommended to promote early growth, and now some farmers are adopting extended suckling until calves are weaned.

 
Does dehorning lead to depression? PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Heather Neave   
Friday, 21 February 2014 10:24

Calf being dehornedWe all know that dehorning is painful. But have you thought about how calves feel after dehorning?

Research on humans has shown that our emotions influence the way we think and interpret information. Depressed individuals are more likely to expect that future events will be negative.

 
Newborn calf care after dystocia PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Evine van Riemsdijk   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:52

A fortunate start of life is a key factor for long-term productive success. Directly after birth, the newborn calf is challenged by the extra-uterine environment. The birth process can impair the calf’s adaptive capacity.

Without additional care, this impairment can have long-term consequences. Newborn calf care to support its adaptive capacity is therefore an essential element of herd health management.

 
Don’t let colostrum basics fall through the cracks PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by David Cook   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:34

Colostrum is undoubtedly one of the most important feeding practices for newborn calves. Sound, well-communicated protocols are often put into place to ensure successful passive transfer of immunity and a healthy start for the newborn calf.

But as time passes and changes are made to the employee team, protocols and attention to detail can fall through the cracks.

 
Level of milk replacer nutrition and immunity of baby calves PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Mark Hill, Jim Quigley and Gale Bateman   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:12

There has been a lot written about how feeding more milk replacer will improve the immune system and health of baby calves. Several laboratories have compared feeding calves conventional milk replacers at approximately 1 pound of solids daily to higher levels of nutrition.

Higher levels of nutrition were frequently milk replacers that are approximately 28 percent protein fed at approximately 2 pounds of solids daily.

 
Counting calories for calves PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Curt Cupp   

In my dairy farm travels, I find that dairymen have become very well-versed in their lactating herd’s nutrition awareness and many times can even tell me their diet’s estimate of undegraded intake protein. Herds today are very well fed.

They have to be fed right to be profitable. However, I find it interesting that when I walk around the side of the barn and pass by the calf hutches, many times the calves seem thin to me. This is regardless of the feed company or nutrition consultant used.

 


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