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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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Are your transition calves thriving? Are you noticing feed flicking? Are your calves kneeling to reach the feed? Facility design can play an important role in the success of your transition calf program.

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While others breed for bigger cows and push for 2 pounds of average daily gain (ADG) for pre-weaned calves, Rosy-Lane Holsteins is sticking by what they believe in – healthy, productive cows regardless of how quickly they get there.

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Keeping calf barns well ventilated during warm weather starts with the design of the facility.

The Dairyland Initiative’s preferred nursery calf barn design is a one- or two-row individual calf pen building utilizing natural ventilation.

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Editor’s note: This article is part two in a two-part series on what to look for during a calf pen walk-through. Part one: Indoor calf pen walk-throughs: What you need to look for.

In the previous article, the focus was on looking at calves with some simple ways to identify a potential problem.

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Your calves deserve the best of both worlds – milk feeding balanced to deliver the right amount of milk nutrients and fresh calf starter that will contribute to their future as a ruminant.

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Over the last decade, research has consistently shown average daily gain (ADG) improves when milk or milk replacer is fed at rates providing more than 1.0 pounds of solids per day. Liquid feeding programs encouraging intakes greater than 2.0 pounds of solids per day have been promoted by several university research groups and feed companies in order to provide more “biologically appropriate” nutrition.

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