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Written by PD Editor Karen Lee
Dr. Noah Litherland at the University of Minnesota said he’d rather raise calves in winter. There are no flies, bacteria are frozen and calves eat starter earlier, but challenges still exist.
Cold stress works against a calf program’s goal to develop a strong and growthy calf. Feeding and management will need to be adjusted in winter to enable calves to grow, resist disease and minimize stress.
You selected the best bulls to ensure the future of your dairy, but what happens in the first hours when the calves are born is what really ensures their genetics will reach their full potential.
When was the last time you did a self-audit of your calving pen and reviewed the protocols for receiving newborns?
Written by Holly Harper
Dr. Jud Heinrichs, a Penn State University professor of dairy science, and Jared Yousey, a DeLaval herd management specialist, both spoke about the strengths and challenges of group calf housing and automatic calf feeding systems during the Precision Dairy Technology Forum.
Both presentations had the same main theme: proper hands-on management of an automatic feeding system in a group-housed environment can yield excellent results.
Written by Lori Culler
We are so busy on the farm, the milking can’t wait, so much to get done and there is never enough time.
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