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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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As a passionate farmer, you do everything you can to keep calves looking and performing their best. But what if one of the greatest opportunities to support calf health is something you cannot visually see?

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This is not another article about how important fresh, clean water is for calves. Instead, this article focuses on why feeding water from day one is so vital.

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How does one know when to breed virgin heifers? On many dairies, the decision is entirely subjective based on if the heifers look “big” enough, reach a certain age, or the pen is getting crowded and they need to move on.

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Labour savings has been listed as an advantage for group housing systems. However, fewer but more qualified personnel replace multiple ‘calf feeders,’ with the result that the labour cost might be the same.

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Pair housing (or small groups of up to four calves) for pre-weaned calves is increasing in popularity due to the myriad of benefits for calf welfare compared to individual housing.

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Calf diarrhea is the leading cause of death among dairy calves and likely contributes at least in part to the second leading cause, pneumonia, due to calves being in a weakened state.

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