July 13 2019
"Treating diarrhea in dairy calves" webinar was presented by Geof Smith, D.V.M., North Carolina State University
June 1 2019
We got tired of running to the milking parlor office to get calf treatment supplies, so now we use this basket. Everyone knows where the medicine is, there are easy directions in there on what to brin
May 20 2019
Consistently, research shows that the longer calves can be backgrounded (housed and fed individually) before they are put into a group pen setting, the better
May 17 2019
From a business standpoint, the most money saved per heifer on a dairy farm can be saved in the weaned pens. This accounts for calves that are weaned up to when they are around 150 days...
April 2 2019
There are three critical calf periods. The first period around calving includes the cow, environment, and the whole area of colostrum management
Feb. 20 2019
When we move calves into pens with headlocks, sometimes they are hesitant to use them. We started to hook their old grain buckets on the headlocks to encourage them to eat. We also took
Feb. 10 2019
It doesn’t take long for a healthy calf to become a sick one. Early detection and treatment of disease can greatly improve the likelihood of success. During a hands-on workshop a
Jan. 15 2019
With a lot of calves and a lot of different calf feeders, it can be hard for everyone to keep track of what’s going on with each hutch. When a calf is sick, we wrap a few pieces of bright yellow...
Oct. 19 2018
Any calf that doesn’t drink its milk, is scouring, or looks a little thirsty gets a bottle of electrolytes
Oct. 11 2018
Calves don’t always finish drinking the water we give them. This means their water has to be collected and discarded before milk can be fed. We took a broken lawn mower, removed the eng
Oct. 10 2018
There is some good news and some not so good news when it comes to calf feeding. Let’s look at the good news first
Sept. 27 2018
A calf is born with a sterile rumen environment void of bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. The calf is first inoculated with microbes during the birthing process and in its new external environment
Sept. 26 2018
Most producers can recite how they successfully manage colostrum on their farms, yet accomplishing this protocol consistently can be a major challenge
Sept. 10 2018
Weaning is the most important transition a calf has to go through before she enters the milking herd, and it is a nutritionally and socially stressful time
Aug. 10 2018
When a newborn calf is moved into its individual pen in the calf barn at Endres Jazzy Jerseys, it is not ear tagged immediately. In order to keep calves correctly identified at the Lodi, Wis., farm, a
July 15 2018
Diarrhea remains the leading cause of death in dairy calves. Calves with diarrhea frequently develop dehydration, have lower blood pH (called “acidosis”), experience electrolyte abnormalitie
June 15 2018
The word salmonella strikes fear into any animal caregiver. It is a disease that spreads quickly, has limited treatment options, and can make animals, particularly calves, very sick
May 21 2018
The feeding behavior patterns of dairy cattle are known to impact health, productivity, and welfare. Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph, will discuss how the way we feed, house, and manage calves impacts...
April 25 2018
With a wealth of information about the care and treatment for calves on dairy farms available, it can be easy to forget some of the basics that have the biggest impact on calf health
April 13 2018
Veterinarians Donald Sockett, Rachel Klos, and Jason Lombard discussed what producers should know about Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak in humans and cattle and the management practices associated with...