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Many dairy producers are facing a critical forage shortage to feed their herds. Forage stands were damaged across Ohio this past winter, and the wet spring has further deteriorated the few stands that initially appeared they might recover from winter damage.

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Colostrum, milk and milk replacers are all excellent sources of nutrients for calves, but also for bacteria. 

Jenn Bentley of Iowa State University Extension says when that abundance of nutrients is combined with moisture, you have the key elements for bacterial proliferation, which can be detrimental to your calves’ health.

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As long as a cow or calf is healthy and productive, she has good well-being, right? 

No, not necessarily. 

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The marketplace for dairy feed additives is saturated with products that claim to improve production, rumen health, cow health or efficiency, among other advantages. Many of these products can be classified as either prebiotics or probiotics.

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The phone call came in one evening last month. A grass-based dairy farmer, whom I’ve known for years, was calling – there was a problem. Three cows were down; two of them were trembling with something like spasms.

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Tom Kestell likes to joke his family’s physical stature means they’ll never be selected first when choosing sides for a basketball team.

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