Calf Care

Assessing Calf Dehydration

Dehydration in calves experiencing scours is often underestimated. A scouring calf can lose anywhere between 5 to 10% of its body weight in water within one day. Dr. Jennifer Trout, Western U.S. Calf and Heifer Technical Pro, offers her insight on properly diagnosing and rehydrating scouring calves. “Shortly after I finished vet school, I was talking with my father who …

Hot Cows, Less Milk in China

There are clear signs that growth in milk production in China is leveling off and, recently, even declining, say a team of Chinese and international researchers, including from World Agroforestry (ICRAF), in a study published in the journal, Climatic Change.Heat stress is one of the main reasons for the recent reduction. In their study, the team computed the change in milk production …

Jersey Performance Index Update Slated for April Genetic Evaluations

An update to Jersey Performance Index that includes new Jersey-specific health traits and weights will be implemented April 7 when the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) releases the April official genetic evaluations. The new components of JPI2020 are the Jersey-specific health traits provided through the CDCB. The updates were approved by the Board of Directors of the American Jersey Cattle Association …

High Oleic Acid Soybeans Offer Benefits To Dairy Cows, Farmers, Penn State Expert Advises

Roasted soybeans are a common ingredient in the diets of Pennsylvania dairy cows because they are a great source of fat and protein — including protein that escapes the rumen. Farm-grown and locally available soybeans and on-farm or local roasting make soybeans an economical ingredient in many situations.   Until recently, farmers only had to decide how to process soybeans …

All You Need to Know About Weighing Livestock

Ranch owners and cattlemen recognize the need to care properly for the livestock. A primary goal includes accurately weighing the cattle and monitoring their weight gain or loss. Using livestock scales to measure animal performance is a common practice. Let us see how these scales help in maintaining healthy animals. Monitor Animal Health Maintaining healthy animals is a major challenge …

Genome-Edited Bull Passes on Hornless Trait to Calves

For the past two years, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have been studying six offspring of a dairy bull, genome-edited to prevent it from growing horns. This technology has been proposed as an alternative to dehorning, a common management practice performed to protect other cattle and human handlers from injuries. UC Davis scientists have just published their findings in the …

Protect Calf Hutches with the California Cattle Council

Protect Calf Hutches with the California Cattle Council

The passage of Proposition 12 last year really showed how misinformed the public is and Anti-Animal Ag activists continue to fuel the fire, and their next target in destroying the dairy and beef cattle industry is to outlaw calf hutches.  This is just one of the many issues California dairy and beef cattle producers are dealing with at this time. …

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