Calf management

Calf nutrition

Feeding systems for group-housed dairy calves - webinar

Published: 2/11/2013

Nutrition is a vital part of calf health and development, and making sure that calves get the nutrients they need in an efficient manner is an important job! In this webinar from DAIReXNET, Dr. Mark Thomas from Countryside Veterinary Clinic will review feeding systems for dairy calves in a group-housed setting. Tune in to learn about how to optimize nutrition, some practical concepts for ad libitum, acidified group feeding, to see comparisons of other available systems, and for a review of possible health benefits and challenges of feeding calves in a group setting.

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Calf health

Scouring calves: Oral rehydration solutions, or electrolytes

Published: 9/4/2008 Written by: Jud Heinrichs Sylvia I. Kehoe

Although generally easy to treat, neonatal calf diarrhea is still a major cause of death and economic loss in the dairy industry. The use of oral rehydration for treatment is limited when farm protocol is lacking. Farms should have a standard operating procedure for treatment of scouring calves that includes when to use oral rehydration solutions, how much to give and other care issues.

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Housing

Calf Housing & Environment courses

Published: 5/27/2011

At the Washington State University web site everybody involved in calf management can assess the dairy calf housing and environment through online courses. The purpose of the educational materials presented there is to provide the background and science behind current recommendations for dairy calf housing and environmental management to dairy producers, calf care-takers, dairy advisors, and veterinarians. Their ultimate goals are to improve the health, welfare, and performance of young dairy calves and mitigate the pathogen load into the environment.

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Calf health

HACCP application: Managing calf diseases

Published: 9/25/2006 Written by: Sam Leadley

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Calf Nutrition

Accelerated feeding - current feeding programs

Published: 2/21/2005 Written by: Jim Quigley

This article provides a look at a typical calf feeding strategy and explores why it is done that way. It also presents tips for early weaning.

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Tools & Guides on Calf management

  1. Calf risk assessment checklist  »