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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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In Canadian dairy herds, the average stillbirth rate is 8 percent, but this varies between 0 and 17 percent across herds; the best 25 percent of these herds could be used as home-grown producer benchmarks for the industry.

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Feeding calves is much more than what is in the pail or bottle. The way milk, water and starter are delivered can play just as big of a role in the health and performance of the calf.

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A sound nutrition program grounded in research-proven ingredients forms the foundation for success and helps dairies achieve productivity goals. But there are limits to what nutrition can do when underlying health or management challenges undermine animal performance.

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When it comes to residue prevention, have you considered all potential food sources on your dairy? While milk production is your main food product, followed by market cows, young bull calves sent to market should not be overlooked.

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This is the second article in a two-part series on converting calves to ruminants. Convert calves into full-functioning ruminants  is the first article in this series. 

There are very valuable reasons to pursue increased performance in dairy calves. Several studies indicate significant positive relationships between average daily gain (ADG) during the first 65 days (with ADG ranging from 0.37 to 1.12 kilograms per day) and future milk yield.

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Most bull calves will never become a lasting benefit to a dairy herd and, as such, may not always receive the same level of care heifer calves do. Harmonizing your calf-rearing programs will yield positive results for all calves and your bottom line.

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