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The goal of a calf-rearing program should be to optimize growth and health while minimizing risk and cost.

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When we live through political moments in time, we often forget the issues we face are simply being recycled.

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If you’ve been involved at all with dairy nutrition over the past six months you’ve definitely heard terms like “feed utilization,” “improved efficiency” and “rumen microbial breakdown.”

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In a time when adjustments to feed rations can be compared and made at the drop of a hat using well- developed spreadsheets, when dairies can be monitored at remote distances by camera systems with online viewing capacity and when people communicate through a diverse offering of technologies, producers can also view, analyze, research and access the very prices that predicate the profitability of their livelihood.

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When a cow with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) was found in Washington State a few years ago, almost within hours officials identified the farm it came from and its dam.

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Earlier this year, we saw “downer cows” – those too sick or injured to move – being shocked, sprayed with high-pressure hoses and fork-lifted to get them on their feet to be slaughtered at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. in Chino, California.

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