• Precision – The key to consistency

    The benefits of using a scale when mixing milk replacer We’ve all heard of them. The most successful calf managers are always thinking about them. They are the 5 C’s of successful calf management. Colostrum, Calories, Cleanliness, Comfort. and Consistency. Let’s focus on consistency, specifically when feeding calves during the…

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  • Nipple vs. Pail Feeding – Is one better than the other?

    Let’s go back to the basics – Mother Nature. Have you ever taken a moment to analyze the body position of a calf when it is suckling from the dam? The neck is fully extended, slanted downwards from the shoulders and the head is tilted upward but the nose is…

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  • Pneumonia in Calves

    Calf Pneumonia: When Stealing Opportunity Away is a Good Thing Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) is a precipitous cascade in calves, with Ontario based studies reporting a range of 17% to 43% of calves experiencing respiratory disease pre-weaning. Economic and animal welfare impacts of BRD is a serious concern, with lasting…

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  • Anemia in Calves

    Iron deficiencies in milk-fed calves and how Promiks can help. There are several vital roles iron plays within the body, the most noted one of course is as a component of hemoglobin, allowing oxygen to be transported to cells throughout the body. However, iron is also a component of enzymes…

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  • The Bottle Baby Dilemma

    Choosing to artificially rear lambs or bottle feed a lamb is a decision that is not made lightly. ‘Which lamb should I remove from the ewe?’ This is a common question when considering artificial rearing. In the case of three lambs, take the lamb that is of different size. If…

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  • Optimal Feeding for Growth & Health

    The advantages and benefits of feeding calves proper amounts of milk to meet energy needs and growth targets is well established. In addition, following a gradual or step down weaning protocol over a minimum of two weeks is equally as important when bringing calves down from high milk allowances. Thirdly,…

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  • What is DOSTO Oregano?

    A natural solution for optimized young animal health Standout Quality 100% natural source of oregano oil which is steam distilled (no chemicals added) Grown within a specific region, and from one species of oregano to maximize consistency Oregano oil is standardized across production using gas chromatography mass spectrometry, leading to…

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  • Acidifying milk replacer – an effective management tool

    Management strategy defines the success of calf programs. Calves are challenged from birth with an immature immune system and at the same time they are programmed to grow quickly. A large part of managing young calves is their feeding program. It is an important first step to ensure that the…

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  • Gro Mega

    Background As a major energy source, fat is an important element to consider in a calf milk replacer. Type of fat and the selection of emulsifiers impact the digestibility of triglycerides (fats), and thus subsequent metabolism and incorporation into body tissues. Fat, however, has other nutritional effects beyond a source…

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  • What to consider when artificially raising lambs

    There are several benefits to artificially raising lambs. In the case of dairy lambs, raising all of the lambs artificially allows for the greatest production of the ewe’s sellable milk. In the case of meat lambs, we are able to breed for the production of more lambs per ewe than…

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  • Supplementing piglets with milk replacer at different stages of lactation

    Three take home messages based on Grober Nutrition’s second on-farm piglet research trial. Research details Piglets were provided milk replacer at the beginning, middle or end of the lactation cycle while on the sow. Piglets were fed at 250 g/L of powder for a total of 3 L/day, compared to…

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  • What three things should you consider for your colostrum program? Hint- this isn’t the usual spiel!

    As calf research continues to progress, we are better able to intervene at key moments to positively alter a calf’s outcome. For instance, we know that testing maternal colostrum with a refractometer gives us the ability to ensure the calf will receive enough immunoglobulins in the first meal to reduce…

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