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[Podcast] Tom Earleywine: What does successful weaning look like in 2020

Progressive Dairy Published on 27 May 2020

This episode’s guest is Dr. Tom Earleywine. He is the milk replacer director of nutritional services at Land O'Lakes. He joins Progressive Dairy Editor Walt Cooley to talk about weaning and how it’s changed over the last several years. 



Here is a breakdown of the episode:

  • Briefly explain your role and what you do day-to-day. [1:50]
  • What is today's weaning process typically like? [2:55]
  • What would you call a successful weaning? [4:10] 
  • Do most recognize when they are having difficulty with weaning? [5:30]
  • What are the most likely failures to happen when it comes to weaning? [6:30]
  • How has recent calf nutrition research impacted the weaning process? [8:25]
  • What role does weaning play in future animal performance? [10:00]
  • Is the transition from a liquid diet to a starter diet similar to the transition producers are familiar with from dry to fresh? [12:00]
  • What are some of the ramifications of weaning calves too young, too old? [13:50]
  • What role does water play in the weaning process? [15:30]
  • What are the key challenges the industry faces today when it comes to weaning calves? [19:45]
  • When you’re on-farm, what questions do you get about weaning? [21:50]
  • What makes someone a cutting-edge calf raiser at this point in time? [24:00]
  • What’s the best way to wean with an automated calf feeder? [26:45]
  • What’s the calf research that you’re working on that has you most excited? [29:30]


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