• 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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  • Should you add an extender to your whole milk feeding program?

    With drops in quota and elimination of incentive days, you might be tempted to feed excess whole milk to calves. While this can seem like a good option during these times, there are a few things to consider to successfully use saleable whole milk on your farm. Feeding a protein:…

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  • EXCEL™ MILK EXTENDER

    Enhance your whole milk program. It’s as simple as adding milk replacer. Incorporating Excel ProGro™ as a milk extender in your feeding program can increase strong growth and elevate energy consumption for calves. What’s a milk extender? Using a milk replacer, like Excel ProGro™, mixed with your whole milk allows…

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    Seasonality & optimal calf care

    Changing seasons, and challenging seasonal extremes (cold, heat and humidity), add extra challenges for a young calf and the caregivers management must be dynamic in order to provide optimal care. A reminder of calf needs should be outlined, especially with the primary calf worker(s). Topics of focus should involve: Optimal…

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    The Pressure’s On – Prudent Antibiotic Use on-Farm

    Antibiotics are a useful tool on the farm. Farmers continue to practice responsible antibiotic use when an animal becomes sick and needs to be cared for and treated. Both human and animal medicine are experiencing challenges of certain antibiotic resistances, lending to changes in rules and regulations – a post…

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    Bull Calves Need Care Too

    By far, most bull calves will never become a lasting benefit to a dairy herd, and as such may not always receive the same level of care that heifer calves do.  Harmonizing your calf rearing programs will yield positive results for all calves and your bottom line. All calves require…

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