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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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Weaning calves early pays dividends in better calf performance and in saving money by feeding less milk replacer per calf. Here are some guidelines about weaning and taking care of calves after weaning.

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Research is generally mixed on the feasibility of group housing for pre-weaned calves, especially relative to calf health.

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The practice of raising young stock off-site has grown among large dairies over the years. In 2014, 62.8% of large operations sent replacement heifers to an off-site raising facility as pre-weaned calves, according to a USDA report.

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Serious disease, lifelong impact — bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is one of the leading health concerns impacting heifer calves on dairies, even on the best-managed operations. Be armed with these three facts about BRD, and know the signs to watch for should BRD find its way into your herd.

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It’s good to have goals. It gives you something to shoot for whether it’s in your personal life or as a dairy producer. On your dairy, there are a wide variety of goals you can strive to accomplish. Some may relate to basic protocols while others may center on performance.

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When building a puzzle, many people start with the corners and put together the frame first. This process is exciting. You’re starting something new and seeing the scope of the finished product.

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