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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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One idea typically leads to another. That is precisely what happened with automatic calf feeding.

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Hot weather and flies tend to go hand-in-hand, but there are measures you can take to limit fly populations in the summer months.

Pre-weaned calves are especially susceptible to the detrimental effects of flies because they often live in confined spaces and cannot escape a fly-infested environment.

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An important factor in calfhood health is the presence of maternal antibodies in calf serum during the critical first few weeks of life for protection from disease. One study shows that compared to maternal colostrum, feeding a lacteal-derived colostrum replacer provides a more uniform range of antibody titres to some common respiratory viruses affecting calves.

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Dairy calf growers often raise calves from a variety of sources, including trusted dairy partners. This unique relationship can result in less direct control over the early lives of those calves.

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Properly pasteurized waste milk is an excellent source of nutrition for young calves, but you might be surprised by the variation in its nutritional composition.

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Everything in calf nutrition is debated these days. How much milk or milk replacer should be fed? Is pasteurized milk better than milk replacer? When is the best time to wean calves? Should starters be textured or pelleted?

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