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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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Editor’s note: This article is part three in a three-part series on evaluating your hygiene protocols. Visit Are you saving money with hygiene to read part 1 and 5 steps to perfect cleanliness to read part 2.

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Finding calves early in the course of disease and applying the appropriate intervention is imperative to minimize the consequences associated with common calfhood conditions.

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It is now common to find butyrate in commercial milk replacers and solid feeds for calves. However, the impact it has on the calf varies depending on the delivery method and the source of dietary butyrate being used.

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In our harsh Canadian climate, cold weather can take its toll on everyone, including calves. Whether your calves are inside or outside, cold weather is very stressful for them. Here are some calf management tips for cold weather.

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The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) released the updated version of the association’s Gold Standards for raising quality heifers on the first day of World Dairy Expo 2016.

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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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