U.S. Farm Report
No one likes dehorning. In my opinion, it is the worst job on the farm. Thankfully, there are some techniques and strategies, like paste and local anesthetic to make the job a little less foul.
Because starter-grain consumption is so important for a smooth transition through weaning, we want to understand all we can about calf preferences for the contents and physical form of their calf starter.
The pursuit of lower somatic cell counts to achieve milk quality goals leads some to wonder if the cow's immune response is compromised.
The bank of evidence supporting the virtues of bovine colostrum has grown even more with a new study performed by Chinese researchers.
The goal is to have well-grown heifers become life-long top performers.
Dairy farmers usually see red when their end-of-the-month settlement check lists a negative PPD (Producer Price Differential).
Time-lapse cameras are proving to be invaluable tools to monitor feed bunks to show when feed is actually delivered, how often feed is being pushed up and how long bunks are empty.
Cleaning calf pens goes beyond removing bedding to cleaning floors to remove biofilms that harbor bacteria.
Research suggests it pays in more growthy calves.
If we look at protocols for ketosis, metritis or retained placenta, we see significant variability. Do we really have the data and information to make the correct treatment decision?