Young animals are the future of your herd. Start them right.

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Feb. 17 2016
We're all influenced by two factors: genetics and the environment. Genetics are preset, but how we feed our calves influences their future potential. by Hoard's Dairyman staff You scoured the latest proofs...
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Nov. 6 2015
At birth, the majority of calves will only absorb 30 to 35 percent of the immunoglobulins they consume. Clean colostrum helps ensure antibodies get to the gut before bacteria has a chance to shut absorption...
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April 3 2015
First-calf heifers bear the brunt of production losses and dry matter intake drops when housed with older cows. We have the power to change that. by Rick Grant The author is president of the William H....
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Jan. 30 2015
A calf is like a bank account; for best results, make high-quality deposits starting at day one by Aurora Villarroel The author is a former extension veterinarian at Oregon State University, Corvallis....
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July 11 2014
Two heads are better than one Calves may learn faster and adapt to change more quickly when housed in pairs. by Rebecca Meagher, Marina A. G. von Keyserlingk and Daniel M. Weary The authors are a postdoctoral...
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April 7 2014
A recent UW-Extension field study took a closer look at calf raising costs and found large variation between operations. by Mark Hagedorn The author is the Eau Claire County UW-Extension agricultural agent....
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April 7 2014
A UW-Extension field study found that feed made up more than half the cost of raising heifers. by Tina Kohlman The author is a dairy and livestock agent with UW-Extension in Fond du Lac and Sheboygan Counties....
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April 7 2014
Since 1999, replacement rearing expenses have jumped nearly $1,000 per heifer. by Ryan Sterry Heifer feed was the largest contributing factor to the leap in overall dairy replacement rearing costs It is...
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June 11 2013
By making the right choices, first-lactation heifers can hit the ground running and produce 70 to 75 percent of older herdmates by Rob Davis, D.V.M. The author is a veterinary consultant in Wayland, Mich....
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May 19 2013
For calves and heifers, every effort should be made to mitigate the effects of heat. by A.F. Kertz The author is the principal in ANDHIL, LLC, a St. Louis-based consulting firm. At the July 2012 joint...
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March 16 2013
Positive pressure tubes offer a solution to key calf barn struggles: ventilation and respiratory health. by Ken Nordlund, D.V.M., Becky Brotzman, D.V.M. and Arturo Gomez, D.V.M. The authors are with the...
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March 5 2013
With the proper specifications, calves can thrive in a barn environment. Pen space is the number one factor whether calves are grouped or not. by Ken Nordlund, D.V.M., Becky Brotzman, D.V.M. and Arturo...
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Dec. 12 2012
by Michaela Kristula, D.V.M. The author is the section chief of field service at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. World demand for U.S. dairy cows and heifers has surged....
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Sept. 19 2012
Transition periods aren't just for your dry cows Despite continually changing circumstances, investing more in your calf program can pay off further down the road. by A. F. Kertz The author is the principal...
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Sept. 19 2012
Practices must yield heifers that are productive and profitable. We also must minimize cost without affecting the heifers' well-being. by Jud Heinrichs, Javier Suarez and Coleen Jones The authors are a...
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Dec. 9 2011
by Gale Bateman and Mark Hill The authors are with the Nurture Research Center, Provimi North America. If you hear the title statement from your parents, you safely assume they want you to close a door....
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Nov. 8 2011
Cold weather impedes calf growth Supplementing extra energy or encouraging starter intake keeps calves growing. Calves that don't grow well in cold temperatures produce less milk as cows. by A. F. Kertz...
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Sept. 28 2011
Here's a look at the bacteria and viruses that affect our calves. Know what you're dealing with. by Robert B. Moeller, Jr., D.V.M. The author is in the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory,...
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Aug. 18 2011
What do your fresh heifers cost you? by Greg Bethard and Albert L. Nunes Bethard is with Dairy Records Management Systems, Raleigh, N.C., and G&R Dairy Consulting, Wytheville, Va. Nunes is with Genske,...
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April 4 2011
Calf Disbudding Using Dehorning Paste The combination of caustic substances in dehorning paste cauterizes tissue and prevents horn growth. Dehorning paste is applied to the horn buds of calves eight weeks...