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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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Usually it isn’t too difficult to identify challenges in our industry; talk to just about anyone and the conversation will probably generate a list of woes.

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The onset of stress is often an opportunity for infection and disease that can ultimately have significant health consequences.

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It’s almost impossible to talk about heifer nutrition without focusing on rising input costs.

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National survey data concerning dairy calf health and survival have shown little change in success rates over the last 10 to 15 years.

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The cost of raising dairy heifer replacements represent 20 to 25 percent of the total costs of milk production. Keeping heifers healthy, developing consistent growth to attain target goals for frame size and bodyweight by 25 weeks of age without excessive body condition and reducing feed costs are all important factors for managing the heifer enterprise.

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First milking colostrum is an important source of nutrients, non-specific immune factors and passively absorbed maternal antibodies (immunoglobulins or Ig), critical to promote growth and to protect the newborn calf against infectious disease in the first weeks and months of life.

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