AdLib Feeding Results

Cow feeding calf

So here I am, in constant turmoil of what and how I should feed calves this winter. So, based on last months blog on AdLib feeding trails, my results are below. Both Control group & Trial group, both were weaned and weighed at 60-65 days. Both received a 13% solid 24/20 Milk Replacer diet – Average Daily […]

My Take on an AdLib Feeding Program

I sure hope you all have enjoyed cooler temperatures the past few days   This summer has been like no other. High temps, lots of flies and no time to get all the things done on my list. One of the items I had on this “To Do List” is trying an AdLib feeding program.   We […]

Heat Stress in Prenatal Calves

This months blog focuses around continued heat and how it effects the unborn calf. Research continues to show that prenatal stress can affect metabolism of the offspring. This appears to hold true for many different species of animals, including calves. One stress that consistently affects pregnant dairy cows is heat stress. Research has shown that […]

WHY WOULD YOU SELL YOUR COLOSTRUM?

This question of why you would sell your colostrum has always stumped me.  For the life of me I can never understand why people would sell their colostrum and buy back powdered colostrum. I understand if you struggle with disease pathogens that it is a great alternative. My thoughts have always been why aren’t you […]

Mycoplasma and Auto Feeders

Calf Feeding

In my opinion auto feeders have gotten a bad rap over the past years. Illnesses that happen when using an auto feeder suggest that it is a feeder issue when this is the farthest from the truth.  It has nothing to do with the feeder, the feeder does what it is asked to do, the […]

Why Would We Need to Test pH in our Whole Milk?

So Why Would We Need to Test pH in our Whole Milk You Ask? The answer is very simple: We need to know the quality of  milk that we are feeding our calves. The easiest way to evaluate milk spoilage seems to be estimating the pH of the milk using pH strips or a pH […]

Winter Feeding Strategy Guidelines

Winter Feeding Strategy Guidelines We are still focusing on winter feeding strategies; here are a few guidelines to follow. Dairy heifers account for about 30% of the feed costs on a dairy farm, and the most costly period for raising heifers is during the preweaning period. The animal’s susceptibility to disease is greatest during this period, […]

March 2020 Calf Blog

Acidified Milk And/Or Pasteurized Milk….?  SO the question for me this month is Acidified milk and or Pasteurized milk? As group housing or paired housing systems for calves have gained popularity in recent years, interest in acidifying milk systems has also been renewed. This blog describes reasons for acidifying milk or milk replacer and examines […]

Calf Care 101

An Article done with an interview by Minnie Ward and the Dairy Star

“You can’t manage, what you do not measure!”

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure!” Peter Drucker (1909 – 2005) This wise quote by the management guru Peter Drucker applies to all areas of economic activity, and also to agriculture. But many decisions are still based on human instinct. This is also true for calf rearing: the goal of a daily increase from […]