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


If you ask most consumers what breeds of cows have horns, many disconnected from agriculture would respond that bulls have horns and cows don’t. This seems logical and hard to disprove because most dairy cows in milking form or in pictures have no horns.

The practice of dehorning has been performed over many years to protect cows from injuring other cows and the farmers that care for them.

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What the research says
Summer heat – The summer of 2012 was hot, and calves have suffered in the heat. Daytime highs consistently over 26°C (maybe even lower than 26°C) cause heat stress in calves and will reduce growth.

Heat abatement strategies during hot weather include water, fans, shade and elevation of hutches.

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During the winter season, many question how successful are their calf-raising programs.

Raising calves in the winter is always a big challenge, for both the animals and the people who work with them.

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Have you heard of anyone rushing in to become a custom heifer raiser? Didn’t think so.

Custom heifer raisers and dairy producers with replacements know there is little wiggle room in heifer raising for profit.

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Colostrum management plays a vital role in a successful dairy operation and is an often overlooked opportunity where the returns will greatly outweigh the investment of time and capital.

The single-most important meal a calf will consume in its lifetime is the first feeding of colostrum. This meal is crucial for surviving both the first 24 hours and the first month, when calfhood diseases are most common.

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Calves are essential to a dairy operation, as they represent the future of the herd and its income. They are also the most vulnerable segment of a herd, highly susceptible to disease with the highest mortality rate among dairy cattle in their first eight weeks of life.

With calves serving as the cornerstone of any successful dairy, every effort should be made to keep them protected and healthy. For the best care of calves, there are four main areas to consider.

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