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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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The value of consistency, doing the little things right every day, these are always good ideas, but even more so in the current dairy climate. Cold weather calf care is a great example of how recommitting to the basics, and consistently doing things right, pays off in improved calf health and down-the-road cow productivity.

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No matter the situation, follow these steps to properly tube a calf.

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Do you feel prepared to raise calves during the winter season? The lower critical temperature of a young dairy calf is 50ºF, which means that the calf’s energy requirement begins to increase in order to maintain core body temperature in conditions below 50ºF.

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You add it to bread to make the dough rise, and you use it to ferment beer and wine. But why feed yeasts to your herd?

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If you’ve experienced a severe burn, you’ll know all too well that the pain doesn’t disappear overnight. In fact, it can get worse before it gets better. When it comes to hot-iron disbudding, calves may be in a similar boat.

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Recent research done at the University of Guelph identified over 26 percent of male calves had a significantly enlarged navel with heat, pain, moisture or malodorous discharge when examined at arrival to a veal facility.

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