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Calves: Feeding to Fight Disease
A calf can get sick in a number of ways but nutrition, along with housing and hygiene, are the three core points to get the calf better, write advisers at the Ontario Veal Association. ...
Mastitis: What is it Costing You?
Irish farmers have a mastitis costing programme to deliver an objective figure on what somatic cell counts have on farm margins. ...
Proper Feeding Improves Welfare, Calf Performance and Future Productivity of Dairy Calves
At no extra cost, ensuring adequate nutrition is hugely beneficial in maximising performance and realisation of genetic potential, writes Alex Bach from the Department Ruminant Product at the Catalonian Institute for Advanced Research Studies. ...
Heat Stress During the Dry Period Affects Calves Too
Research from the University of Florida shows that calves exposed to heat stress before birth have lower birth weights and compromised immunity....
What to Look For in an Oral Electrolyte Product
The important features of calf diarrhea medication are outlined by Dr Michelle Arnold, Large Ruminant Extension Veterinarian, University of Kentucky. ...
Hypothermia & Newborn Calves
Often difficult to identify, calf hypothermia is best treated early with the help of thermometers to diagnose what stage the condition has reached, advises Tracey Renelt, Extension Dairy Field Specialist for South Dakota State University. ...
Construction and Validation of a Decision Tree for Treating Metabolic Acidosis in Calves with Neonatal Diarrhea
A diagnostic framework has been tested to aid in the treatment of metabolic acidosis in calves without the need of laboratory facilities. ...
Pharmacokinetics and Effect of Intravenous Meloxicam in Weaned Holstein Calves Following Scoop Dehorning without Local Anesthesia
The common practice of de-horning is investigated by researchers from Iowa and Kansas State Universities. The paper focuses on the effects of using pain killers on the animal. ...
Whey vs Skim Based Milk Replacers - Impact on Calf Performance
Calves artificially reared on skim-based compared to whey-based milk replacers do not perform any better in terms of daily live weight gain, according to research from Harper Adams University College in the UK. ...
Nourishing and Managing the Dam and Calf for Optimal Lactation, Reproduction and Immunity
Rearing programmes should be designed to take into account long-term consequences on milk yield, according to Dr Alex Bach of IRTA, Spain, at a recent symposium on ruminant nutrition. ...
Fighting the War on Coccidiosis
Everything is set up; the bedding is fresh, the feeders are in situ and the latest group of happy, healthy calves are wandering about exploring their new home. For a farmer, there are few things more satisfying. In a few short weeks though, it can start...
Why has the 20:20 Milk Replacer Been the Industry Standard
For many years milk replacers containing 20 per cent protein and 20 per cent fat fed at a rate of 1 lb. of powder per day have been commonly accepted as the best diet for dairy calves, but why? asks RE James, Extension Dairy Scientist at Virginia...
Dairy Cows Continuously Housed in Tie-stalls Failed to Manifest Activity Changes during Oestrus
Changes in behaviour around oestrus by cows in tie-stalls are not pronounced enough for pedometers to be of practical use for heat detection in this type of housing system, according to new research from Alberta, Canada....
Modification of Beef Quality through Steer Age at Slaughter, Breed Cross and Growth Promotants
To improve beef tenderness, producers should use British crossbreds, slaughter the animals at 12 to 13 months of age and not use hormonal implants, recommend Canadian researchers following a study looking at factors affecting beef quality from steers....
Weigh Every Option before Considering Restocking Beef Herds
Restocking may be an option that many ranchers are considering, but rainfall and other factors will weigh heavily into the decision-making process, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist....
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