The common industry practice of feeding first-day colostrum and then switching calves directly to whole milk or milk replacer may be under review.
Dehorning or disbudding calves is a decades-old practice that has changed over the years, and more changes are coming.
Livestock auctions across the country continue to maintain social distancing policies and many have other altered formats, but Holstein springer prices held steady or climbed to pre-COVID levels in May.
Nearly all U.S. farms depend on some off-farm income each year.
What happens to calves in the last three months before they are born can influence their own lifetime outcomes, and even those of their offspring.
Holstein springer values held their own compared to last month in most parts of the country.
The total impact of the COVID-19 crisis on American agriculture is far from a final assessment.
Just because a heifer can get pregnant to calve at 21 months doesn’t necessarily mean she should be bred that early.