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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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Looking at crude protein (CP) content alone is an outdated way to approach calf nutrition. How we feed calves today is becoming more in line with how we feed our cows – more nutrient-based and less ingredient-based.

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A newborn calf is a blank slate of opportunity, full of unrealized genetic potential built by generations of meticulous matings to achieve genetic improvement. The right nutrition and immunity support for that calf will play a large role in helping it unlock and realize its genetic potential.

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What happens during the first several weeks of life for a calf has a significant impact on their development as a heifer and on productivity later in life. Proper nutrition in the form of high-quality colostrum, whole milk or a milk replacer and starter during the first few weeks of life is critically important to growth and development, as well as future productivity.

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Every team has its own philosophy on developing young talent. The goal for most coaches is to turn all first-year players, the rookies, into dependable assets that can have a big impact on the game while setting the team up for long-term success.

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Rearing dairy calves has evolved over the last decade. Traditionally, calves were born, raised and lived on one farm for their entire life. In today’s industry, an increasing number of calves are transported to a separate growing facility, both near and far, within the first few days of life.

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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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