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...
April 9 2018
There are two great higher-learning opportunities via webinars taking place today, Monday, April 9 at noon Central Standard Time.
Feb. 10 2018
While colostrum is known to be needed by newborn calves as they are born without any immunity, there is more to this picture
Feb. 10 2018
We have calves that always want to step up into the water fountains and make them filthy. To prevent that, we cut off the bottom of a 55-gallon drum and notched slits into the sides that slip onto the
Jan. 10 2018
At Hidden View Farm in Cambridge, N.Y., a mob feeder was constructed to meet the needs of the farm’s group-housed calves. Four holes were drilled on the lower portion of the side of a 5-gallon
Dec. 28 2017
It’s a date that was a major turning point for our farm. It’s the day our calf program was literally revolutionized
Dec. 12 2017
We developed a bale mover out of pallets to keep bales from sitting on the dirty ground. This also helped to keep the bale supported on one side so it wouldn’t fall apart while we took what we neede