• Calf Nutrition: Time to think beyond protein to amino acid balancing

    Amino acids are the building blocks that make up protein, and the actual nutrients that calves require. However, dairy calf nutrition is behind the curve with respect to embracing precise diet formulation by balancing for these key nutrients. Today, most milk replacers for calves are formulated and scrutinized based only on crude protein (CP) content, a number that doesn’t give us any real measure of the true building blocks the calves need: the amino acids.

  • Fatty Acids - A Calf’s Next Line of (Immune) Defense

    Future production success begins as early as the first day of a calf’s life. This is especially true when looking at the functionality of a calf’s immune system. Supplementing specific, functional fatty acids has proven beneficial to one-week-old calves’ immune systems, growth, and performance.

    When calves are born, their immune system is not fully developed and depends upon colostrum antibodies to develop immune function. The most recent USDA NAHMS survey has attributed the leading causes of calf loss to gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases.

  • Game Changing Technology: Advancements in the Digital Nutrition Space Provide an Edge for Progressive Dairy Farms

    Technology has changed the way dairies do business—from the apps that show market prices, to the automated technologies in the milking parlor – progressive farmers are always looking for new ways to advance their operations. And when it comes to analyzing forage, U.S. dairy farmers face a unique challenge. 

  • Improve water quality for better cattle health

    Water quality can affect land and cattle productivity. Let’s face it, cattle are naturals at drinking as long as there is a water source and access. What else is there to think about?

    The importance of water deserves the time and attention of cattle producers. Cattle simply cannot be healthy and gain well without good quality water. What’s more, ensuring pastures have a high-quality, sustainable and uncontaminated water source is a key component to environmental stewardship.

  • Make Every Bite Count

    The most profitable dairies all have one thing in common – they are really good at getting milk components from cows. 

    They recognize the real value of milk lies in the fat and protein components and to get the best return on investment, they focus on feeding their cows for the most efficient component production, not just the highest milk production. In other words, they make sure every bite of the ration is working towards the right goal. 

  • New colostrum replacer: Premolac® PLUS


    Calf Solutions, in connection with Zinpro, introduces Premolac® PLUS colostrum replacer for dairy calves. With 152.4 grams of immunoglobulins (IgG), this new product is the highest concentration of IgG per gram of powder compared to other USDA-licensed colostrum replacer powder products for aiding in the treatment of failure of passive transfer.

  • Provide your calves with the right nutrition at the right time, every time

    Calf nutrition programs come in all shapes and sizes, and every calf raiser has unique goals. The best calf nutrition program is one that delivers the best results to meet your specific goals. 

    “We understand that calf raisers’ goals are not all the same. Regardless of your goals, it’s important to provide calves with the right nutrition at the right time, every time,” says Sara Sievert, director of commercial business development at Milk Products, manufacturer of Calf Solutions® products. “Calves can face a variety of unique challenges. Look to a flexible line of calf nutrition and health products to help your calves feel and perform their best while also meeting your business needs.”

  • Seven simple tips to minimize heat stress

    Heat stress is the driving force behind the dreaded summer milk slump, costing up to $5.60 per cow per day in lost profit.  As your local weather forecast starts to heat up, follow these seven steps to help beat the summer heat. 

  • Seven Ways Feed Management Software Improves Total Milk Production

    With 50 percent of dairy production costs tied into feed, conventional wisdom dictates that many dairy operators would look for ways to drive down those costs without sacrificing production — and feed management software accomplishes that.

    When used consistently and effectively, however, it can also drive up production while maintaining or increasing feed costs to create a greater net positive increase/return on investment. It accomplishes this by more closely monitoring/tracking feed use, animal intakes, mixing ratios and chemistries, waste, optimizing pen feeding, and tracking/examining income in relation to feed price.

  • Three steps to maintain milk production during heat stress

    Your cattle’s milk production can plummet when heat and humidity rise. Depending upon cattle heat stress level, milk production can drop by 10-35%. That can equate to a loss of up to $4.55 per cow per day.  

  • Transforming Dairy Intelligence

    We wax poetic about dairy farming – it’s among the most iconic images of life in North America.

    But let’s not kid ourselves: it is a business. Complex. Unlike other businesses, it’s a 24-hour-a-day exercise in precision and intelligence. Technology solutions have become commonplace to help identify and control those variables, but the “intelligence” from these solutions is often not able to drive a corresponding reaction until hours or days later. And the person collecting the data often has to interpret the data on their own by comparing numerous different spreadsheets.

  • Using Fatty Acid Analysis to Tweak Rations

    Nutritionists and dairy specialists at Provimi North America started using a new bulk tank test to troubleshoot herds that have low milk fat. The technology being used is the analysis of milk fatty acids in bulk tank samples and was developed in a collaborative work between Cornell University and Miner Institute. Combined with other technologies such as analysis of fatty acids in feeds, the fatty acids in milk can help suggest adjustments to the ration and herd management.