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Calves & Heifers

The future of your herd depends on quality colostrum, milk or replacer feeding and disease control along with proper bedding, sanitation and ventilation.

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The calves you are raising today represent the future of your herd. “It takes a community to raise a child.” The same holds true for raising a calf.

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The successful raising of the neonatal calf can be one of the most rewarding jobs on the dairy, or it can be one of the most challenging, costly and frustrating.

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What are the most important animals on your dairy: lactating cows, dry cows, heifers or calves? The correct answer is: All of them. While lactating cows are your current source of income, calves and heifers are your future source of income.

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Feeding calves with self-feeders or computerized auto-feeders has increased in popularity in recent years. These systems can have positive effects for on-farm management, especially around labor, but how are these systems impacting calf performance?

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Perhaps you are sitting at your desk evaluating last year and thinking about the future. This past year has not been the most favorable for the dairy industry: Milk prices are down, calf prices are at their lowest in years, and employees don’t exactly come “free” these days.

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With the implementation of new rules regulating the use of antibiotics important in human medicine, many livestock producers will need to implement different procedures to maintain the health and productivity of their livestock.

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