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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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Today’s milk price environment has everyone looking to reduce expenditures and improve efficiency. We’re constantly challenged to offer suggestions for calf and heifer nutrition programs.

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Feeding and management practices for dairy calves directly impact not only their survival, but just as importantly, their future milk production. Recent studies which have followed calves through their first lactation have shown a positive relationship between early-life nutrient intake and first-lactation milk production.

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Depending on where your dairy is located this may be a hot weather season for you. It is always challenging to maintain good gains under these weather conditions. What is “hot” weather for calves? Thermoneutral conditions for young calves cannot be expressed as one fixed temperature value.

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Several dangerous diseases can be transferred from dam to calf through infected colostrum, Johne’s disease being the most notable. However diseases caused by Mycoplasma species (Myco), including mastitis, are another group of infections transferred through colostrum. Myco diseases can be sinister, difficult to detect and economically devastating.

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Proteins are long chains of amino acids put together in a specific sequence to perform a particular function in the body. The amino acid sequence of proteins and the subsequent three-dimensional structure of the protein are incredibly complex and are responsible for all their actions in the body.

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