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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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Research continues to show feeding more nutrition can help calves reach their full potential. And, while the dairy industry has moved away from the old standard of feeding calves 2 quarts of milk or milk replacer twice a day, misconceptions remain. Below are six common calf nutrition myths:

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As dairy farms grow in size, the needs for youngstock change as well. What used to work may no longer fit, or a brand-new solution may not be the ideal solution after all. Three different dairy producers each had their own way of troubleshooting calf housing on growing dairy farms.

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Spring and fall weather conditions often present calf raisers with the challenge of fluctuating temperatures. The rapid and ongoing transition from warm days to cold nights creates a temperature roller coaster that can increase calfhood respiratory disease rates.

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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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