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CALVES & HEIFERS

The future of your herd depends on quality colostrum, sound milk replacer or pasteurized waste milk along with proper bedding and ventilation.

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Dairy producers often use data to make informed decisions on the milking herd. This information can be generated through the producer organization website, on-farm recording software and services.

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Raising a calf to become a high-producing cow is critical to a herd’s future. To help dairy producers in their quest to develop more productive animals, the last decade of industry and university research has explored the connection between calf nutrition and lactation performance.

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Changing seasons and challenging seasonal extremes (cold, heat and humidity) add extra challenges for a young calf, and the caregiver’s management must be dynamic in order to provide optimal care.

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What are the most important animals on your dairy: lactating cows, dry cows, heifers or calves? The correct answer is: All of them. While lactating cows are your current source of income, calves and heifers are your future source of income.

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The goal of any nursery calf program should be to strike a balance between maximizing health and growth during the first half of the nursery phase and building a fully functional rumen during the second half.

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Feeding calves with self-feeders or computerized auto-feeders has increased in popularity in recent years. These systems can have positive effects for on-farm management, especially around labour, but how are these systems impacting calf performance?

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