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|6th Annual Calf and Heifer VIP program hosts 121 farms|
|News - Progressive Events|
|Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:50|
This year’s attendees represented 121 dairy farms and more than 86,000 calves and heifers.
Attendees had the chance to learn about a wealth of topics ranging from newborn calf diseases, calf ventilation and housing, colostrum and electrolyte feeding to strategies to control flies on farm.
Sharing insights on calf raising practices, the panel consisted of Laura Finger, Finger Family Farm in Oconto, Wisconsin, Greg Ziegler, Ziegler Dairy Farms in Middleton, Wisconsin, and Mike Larson, Larson Acres in Evansville, Wisconsin.
Finger, Ziegler and Larson shared their experiences feeding calves to a higher plane of nutrition and how that resulted in supported calf health and improved growth. Other strategies adapted by the panelists include automated feeders and feeding three times per day.
MIDDLE RIGHT: Research continues to show that the growth of rumen papillae is directly correlated with what the calf eats in the first few weeks of life. Dr. Dari Brown, director livestock young animal marketing with Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, discussed the latest research on rumen development with attendees at the 2013 Calf and Heifer VIP event. Photos courtesy of Purina Animal Nutrition.