Calf Care

Michael Ballou to Address Early Life Calf health During DCRC Webinar

Mark your calendar to attend the next Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar, scheduled for May 2, starting at 2 p.m. Central time (USA/Canada). Texas Tech University Professor Michael Ballou will address “Early life calf health and performance have long-term impacts on lifetime health and (re)production performance.” This one-hour webinar is free. The presentation will look at the etiology of …

UC Davis & Iowa State Students Earn DCHA Scholarships

The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) awarded $1,000 scholarships to Conor McCabe, son of Jean and John McCabe, West Linn, Ore., a University of California-Davis PhD candidate; and Irene Nielsen, daughter of Miriam Weber Nielsen, Potterville, Mich., an Iowa State University undergraduate student. The DCHA scholarship program recognizes outstanding students pursuing a degree in agriculture, with a particular interest …

Dairy Calf & Heifer Association Releases Revised ‘Gold Standards’

In April, the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) introduced its updated Gold Standards ­– the industry benchmarks and best management practices for raising dairy calves and heifers, and dairy-beef crosses. These standards guide dairy calf, dairy-beef and heifer raisers in growing the healthiest and most efficient and profitable dairy/dairy-beef animals possible. “The Gold Standards have been developed using published data …

Gene-Editing Tech Produces First Calf Resistant to Major Viral Disease

Scientists have collaborated to produce the first gene-edited calf with resistance to bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), a virus that costs the U.S. cattle sector billions of dollars annually. The recent study published in PNAS Nexus results from a collaboration between the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), the University of Kentucky, and industry partners, Acceligen and Recombinetics, Inc. BVDV …

Dairy Webinar Features Mastitis Treatment Strategies (in Spanish)

Join National Mastitis Council (NMC) for its next webinar – presented in Spanish – on Sept. 29, starting at 2 p.m. Central time (U.S./Canada). Alfonso Lago, an NMC board member and director of research and consulting solutions at DairyExperts, Inc., Tulare, Calif., will address “New Concepts and Opportunities in Mastitis Management” (“Nuevos Conceptos y Oportunidades en el Manejo de la …

Starting the Life of a Dairy Calf Right with Colostrum

Enjoy this great throwback video with Ed DePeters from the Animal Science Department at UC Davis as he shares the significance of colostrum for the first few months of life of a dairy calf and successfully managing that for a healthy future. Read more about keeping calves healthy in California Dairy Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Clean Energy for their industry …

Cows are Udderly Useful for Healthy Vegetation Management

Cows play an integral part in the healthy management of the approximately 6,500-acre Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve. That expanse of open rangeland adjacent to the UC Merced campus is a constant reminder of the University’s commitment to offsetting its environmental impact. The land will remain undeveloped forever, as agreed to before campus was built. Now an official part of …

The Environmental and Nutritional Impact of Removing Dairy Cattle

The United States dairy industry is a major contributor to the US food and nutrient supply. Dairy products are a major source of protein, calcium, and many essential vitamins not just in the US but all over the world. The US dairy industry also accounts for 16 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions from all of US agriculture, and contributes …

Updates Made to Jerseymate to Recognize Newly Identified JNS Matings & Improve Inbreeding Calculations

The American Jersey Cattle Association’s comprehensive mating program, JerseyMate, recently had three major updates incorporated. The program now accounts for the risk of a JNS (Jersey Neuropathy and Splayed Forelimbs) mating; incorporates both genomic and pedigree inbreeding levels; and has added a minimum constraint to indicate the minimum number of units to be used from the breeder’s semen inventory when …

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