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  • Why and How to Weigh Your Calves

    Weighing calves is a good way to benchmark how well your milk fed period is going. Why you should weigh your calves When it comes to calf management, the best thing you can do as a producer is keep data. By tracking health status, treatments, drinking levels and intake of…

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  • How to mix milk replacer

    Proper mixing and feeding of milk replacer is crucial to the early health and development of young animals. When mixing milk replacer there are a few things to remember. Before we dive in, let’s start with the tools you will need: Bucket Measuring cup for water Scale Thermometer Whisk or…

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  • Got Water?

    Water plays a big role in enhancing starter intake, and in the quality and deliverance of milk replacer. There are many factors that influence the success of the pre-weaning period of a calf’s life. A large emphasis is often placed on the importance of providing good quality and consistent feed…

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  • Bedding – Key to Calf Comfort

    Can you imagine spending up to 20 hours a day lying down? Many people would consider that being lazy, but for calves, it’s a good thing! A high amount of lying time is an indication that they’re comfortable in their environment and putting their energy towards growth. So, with all…

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  • Managing Behaviour at Weaning

    Weaning can be a stressful period for a calf, quickly offsetting their performance trajectory if done at the wrong time, or in the wrong way. Whether managing a calf destined for meat or milk production, the basic concepts of readiness to wean remain the same. Factors such as time on…

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  • Is an automatic lamb feeder right for your farm?

    Automatic lamb feeders have seen an increase in popularity as producers are breeding ewes that are more prolific and sheep farms have become larger. The use of automatic feeders may help to improve lamb welfare, as noted by producers who have switched from hand feeding. This may be related to…

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  • Preventing Abomasal Bloat

    Challenges faced by calves such as abomasal bloat and rumen drinking can often be avoided by maintaining optimal management practices. Symptoms of abomasal bloat Abomasal bloat onset tends to be difficult to alleviate, and there are many factors that can contribute to its onset. Often, calves less than 2 weeks…

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  • Surplus Calf Care

    Providing top care to both replacement heifers and the surplus calf is of utmost importance to improve profitability for the dairy farmer and veal or beef producer. Changes to the surplus calf market Discussions around surplus calf care have increased in recent years due to the genetic advancements of sexed…

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  • Milk Replacer Storage & Shelf Life

    To keep your milk replacer fresh and maintain all key components, how you store your milk replacer matters. Here are 5 storage recommendations to keep your milk replacer at peak performance. Milk replacer should be first in, first out. So whatever milk replacer you’re opening first, that should be used…

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  • What does Partially Acidified Milk Replacer Mean?

    When talking about acidification it is important to clarify what type of acidification you are referring to.  Fully acidified is a process done on farm to lower the final mixtures pH to approximately 4.2.  This is done on farm by adding formic or citric acids to the milk or milk…

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  • Calf coats

    Keep them warm and they will grow. Did you know, when a calf is comfortable, they will turn feed into gain more efficiently? In other words, a calf that isn’t comfortable will need more milk. Since keeping warm is energetically expensive it’s important to understand that a warm calf has…

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  • Improve health, digestion and growth with DOSTO® Oregano

    There have been many positive results seen from the inclusion of DOSTO® Oregano in milk replacer for ruminants in Europe. After bringing this ingredient to Canada, we conducted our own trial at the Grober Young Animal Development Centre in Summer 2022 on a group of 36 calves. TRIAL: This trial…

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