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BULL CALVES NEED CARE TOO

Source: Grober Nutrition By far, most bull calves will never become a lasting benefit to a dairy herd, and as such may not always receive the same level of care that heifer calves do.  Harmonizing your calf rearing programs will yield positive results for all calves and your bottom line. All calves require excellent care,

Impact of a Short Dry Period

Source: Novalait factsheet, Doris Pellerin, Christiane L. Girard, Daniel Lefebvre, Pierre Lacasse, Robert Berthiaume This project was developed in order to verify whether the current recommendation of drying cows for 60 days is still suitable for today’s herds or whether a 35-day dry period management approach would be more appropriate. To assess all possible impacts, four

Prenatal detection and treatment of calves persistently infected with bovine viral diarrhea virus

Source: Alberta Milk, U of S, Sylvia van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk Background: Bovine viral diarrhea continues to be one of the top two most important indigenous viral diseases in cattle, the other being IBR. In addition to the losses due to BVDV alone, which amount to ~$2 billion annually in North America, BVDV is one

Dry dairy cow therapy choices

Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Research is still underway to determine herd characteristics that will enable herds to reduce dry cow treatment while keeping mastitis at bay Researchers discovered more than 40 years ago that treating dairy cows at the end of lactation with an antibiotic udder infusion reduced mastitis in dairy

Non-Fibre Carbohydrates in Dairy Diets

Source: Government of Manitoba Most feed analysis labs now routinely report nonfibre carbohydrate (NFC) levels, also commonly known as nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC). The following are answers to the common questions about this relatively new “nutrient”. What Are Non-Fibre Carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are made up of 2 fractions – the cell wall fraction and the non-cell wall

First Arrival® with Encrypt® and Last Stand® with ImmWave® now provide more immune support

DBC Ag Products enhances products to offer more protection to dairy and beef calves. DBC Ag Products introduces new product enhancements to First Arrival® with Encrypt® and Last Stand® with ImmWave® to increase the level of immune system and digestive health support delivered to calves. The new formulation of First Arrival® with Encrypt® and Last

Electrolytes for Dairy Calves

Source: Extension Introduction Oral rehydration solutions are used to replenish fluids and electrolytes that are lost during the course of diarrhea. Also known as electrolytes, these solutions are a convenient way to treat calves with diarrhea. There are many brands of electrolytes on the market that offer treatment for diarrhea through rehydration and electrolyte replacement.

Avoiding Fatty Liver

Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Paying attention to body condition score, feed intake and energy metabolism can help minimize the risk of your transition cows falling prey to a common condition known as fatty liver. Even moderate cases of this condition can result in decreased milk production, poorer reproductive performance and reduced

The Importance of Vitamin E and Selenium

Source: Government of Manitoba Vitamin E and selenium perform important functions in the cow. Deficiencies of one, or both, of these nutrients have been implicated in white muscle disease, retained placentas, oxidized milk, lower immune function and mastitis. The roles of these two nutrients are closely related. Both selenium and vitamin E protect cells from

NEONATAL NUTRITION

Source: Grober Nutrition Neonatal Study From GYADC The initial month of a calf’s life is a time of extremes. The young calf has almost negligible body energy reserves, and is exceedingly vulnerable to infection, especially those predominant in the gastro intestinal tract. Scouring results in dehydration and may cause fever. These physiological states are stressful

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