Content tagged "dairy cattle:calf and heifer management"

Dairy Calf and Dairy Heifer Management

Dairy Updated: December 04, 2018

Well-grown dairy calves and heifers play an important role in the future success of all dairy farms. Being able to efficiently raise replacement dairy...

Dairy Calf and Heifer Management Videos

Dairy Updated: July 05, 2017

This article is part of our series of original articles on emerging featured topics. Please check here to see other articles in this series.Heifers are the...

Automated Milk Feeding Systems for Dairy Calves

Dairy Updated: April 03, 2017

This article is part of our series of original articles on emerging featured topics. Please check here to see other articles in this series.Automated milk...

Simplified Scoring System to Identify Respiratory Disease in Dairy Calves

Dairy Updated: January 18, 2017

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD), also known as shipping fever or pneumonia, is a significant problem for dairy replacement heifers. According to reports...

Getting Dairy Calves Off to a Good Start — The SIP Principle with Colostrum

Dairy Updated: July 03, 2015

This article is part of our series of original articles on emerging featured topics. Please check here to see other articles in this series.As soon as the...

Technology & Nutritional Needs of Milk-Fed Calves

Dairy Updated: May 18, 2015

In the United States, as well as other parts of the world, calves are fed using various nutrition plans and feeding systems to meet the growth, performance,...

Rumen Development in the Dairy Calf

Dairy Updated: October 31, 2014

 This article is part of our series of original articles on emerging featured topics. Please check here to see other articles in this series.The dairy calf...

Precision-Feeding Dairy Heifers

Dairy Updated: October 01, 2014

This article is part of our series of original articles on emerging featured topics. Please check here to see other articles in this series.Dairy heifers...

Managing Dairy Calves and Heifers during the Winter Months

Dairy Updated: October 01, 2014

This article is part of our series of original articles on emerging featured topics. Please check here to see other articles in this series.Attention to...

Electrolytes for Dairy Calves

Dairy Updated: June 17, 2014

En Español: Electrolitos para Terneras LecherasOral rehydration solutions are used to replenish fluids and electrolytes that are lost during the course of ...

Assessing Existing Facilities for Replacement Housing

Dairy Updated: October 03, 2012

Have you considered housing heifers in an old cow barn, or are you currently doing so? If so, this article is for you.Many farmers have expanded herd size,...

Role of Facility Design and Ventilation on Calf Health

Dairy Updated: October 03, 2012

A pre-weaned dairy calf has several basic needs that must be met in order for her to be healthy and achieve target weight gains. Generally speaking, these...

Adolescent Heifer Housing

Dairy Updated: October 03, 2012

Once calves reach 5 to 6 months of age, they are ready to graduate from the transition management group and move on to the adolescent management group....

Newborn Housing for Dairy Calves

Dairy Updated: September 27, 2012

Dairy producers know the importance of getting a fresh cow off to a good start in her lactation. A considerable effort is made to ensure that she is given...

Transition Housing for Heifers

Dairy Updated: September 24, 2012

Calves that have completed the weaning process are ready for their first experience with group housing. The stress associated with being weaned is over, and...

Using Bleach as a Germicide for Manual Washing Feeding Equipment

Dairy Updated: August 21, 2012

Nearly everyone is familiar with “bleach.” Technically, bleach is a water-based solution of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl in water). The most common form is...

Heifer Management Blueprints: Unique Aspects of Managing Dairy Heifers in Free Stall Barns

Dairy Updated: July 09, 2012

Dairy producers and heifer growers often house dairy heifers in free-stall barns as a labor-efficient heifer management system. There are many unique...

Heifer Management Blueprints: Heifers and Feed Bunk Management

Dairy Updated: July 09, 2012

One simple way to improve feed efficiency in heifers is to employ good bunk management. Feeding heifers to exact levels of intake and using the heifers'...

Heifer Economics

Dairy Updated: July 09, 2012

Today’s successful dairy operation recognizes that heifers are an important investment in the future. They place high value on the heifer and regard it as a...

Heifer Growth Monitor Spreadsheet Series

Dairy Updated: July 09, 2012

The success of a heifer-rearing program can be evaluated by monitoring the height and weight of calves and heifers and comparing the results to breed...

Economic Issues Associated with Raising Dairy Replacements

Dairy Updated: July 09, 2012

Cost of production is a key indicator of competitiveness. This is especially true in the dairy farm industry, where a manager must use input efficiency and...

The Economics of Heifer Raising Options

Dairy Updated: July 09, 2012

As dairy farms grow and specialize in milking cows, one enterprise that may be removed from the dairy farm to allow for milk cow herd expansion is heifer...

Milk Replacer Costs and Your Options

Dairy Updated: January 19, 2011

In recent months milk replacer costs have jumped $15 to $20 per bag, and we have entered into somewhat new territory in the economics of calf feeding...

Early Weaning Strategies

Dairy Updated: January 17, 2011

Latest estimates of average weaning age in the United States indicate that 70 percent of calves are weaned at 7 weeks of age or later. In addition, 25...

Feeding Pre-Weaned Calves for Future Production

Dairy Updated: January 17, 2011

Traditional goals of calf-rearing programs have centered on decreasing mortality and weaning to solid feeds as early as practically feasible on farms. Little...

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