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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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It is easy to get into a habit of doing something the same way it has always been done. Mixing calf milk replacer is no exception.

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In this video, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, discusses many of the facility considerations needed to successfully feed young calves. From bottle angles to correct pail heights, many factors impact whether a calf can easily and comfortably get the nutrition it needs.

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Chronic diarrhea. Weakness. Low bodyweight. Loss of appetite. Death.

For decades, Holstein calves not responding to treatment left animal health professionals perplexed while costing dairy farmers worldwide countless dollars in veterinary care and losses.

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Dairy farms historically raised pre-weaned calves in hutches or individual pens. This made feedings easier, allowed for individual monitoring and curbed disease outbreaks. As more farms transition to group housing, this traditional method is being challenged.

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Nutrition of dairy heifers is often talked about as a whole without referring to the age and growth stage of the heifer. Even though there is a lot of focus placed on feeding milk-fed calves, little research information is available regarding the best strategies for feeding post-weaned dairy heifers.

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Mixing milk replacers for winter feeding of dairy calves

The total nutrients consumed by pre-weaned calves affects their average daily gain (ADG). What is even more intriguing is some evidence that the calf’s ADG before weaning impacts its first-lactation milk yield.

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