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A healthy heifer calf is born. You milked the dam, tested her colostrum and fed the calf a high-quality meal all within an hour of birth. But, let’s get real. Delivering colostrum to newborn calves...
“As an industry, we’ve done a great job focusing on calving ease and getting calves on the ground in good shape,” says Dave Cook, Ph.D., technical calf consultant for Calf Solutions...
It’s never easy to do, especially when you get attached to them.
There’s no denying the bond between humans and livestock. Lisa Foust Prater is the family and farmstead editor for Successful Farming magazine. She lives on 40-acres in Iowa with her husband,...
Influence how they respond to disease in the future
When calves are born and nurse from their mother, they get all the antibodies they need from her. But when they get to be around two-to-three months old, that protection starts diminishing and the...
As new calves arrive, so does the likelihood of infectious disease
Scours is a term for diarrhea in calves under a month old. The condition can strike as early as the first 24-hours after they’re born, and is life-threatening if not treated. It’s caused...
Create a low-stress weaning program for your calves.
These homebuilt, helpful ideas can improve the care and feeding of young cattle at your place.
Nobody knows more about fixing fences than farmers! Their fencing tips come in handy on the acreage, too.
A conversation with former newspaper writer and editor turned blogger Kim Fritzemeier about sharing life on her Kansas farm through her blog, “Kim’s County Line.”
Tell me about your farm. We’re primarily wheat farmers. We also have a cow-calf operation. We’ve got feeder cattle and we also raise some corn, but we’re not big corn farmers by...
You can tell these animals and their owners have a special bond!
Calving and re-breeding can be a challenge. These tips will help.
First-calf heifers need to be fed and managed properly to reduce their susceptibility to calving and reproductive failure. To be reproductively efficient, a heifer needs energy,...