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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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    High Fat Feeding

    The challenge Design a milk replacer feeding schedule to maximize efficient growth while considering: fat content of milk replacer encourage grain intake prior to weaning maintain growth rate through weaning cold weather feeding implications Using a higher milk volume feeding schedule and offering calves a higher fat content in a…

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    Understanding the Fat in your Milk Replacer

    Fat digestion in the young calf Commercial milk replacers are often compared and evaluated based on the percentage of protein and fat on the label.  Discussion rarely delves into what makes up the components of fat and its effects on digestion, absorption or growth.  Fats are comprised of short chain,…

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    Maximize Growth Potential & Production

    Every farm environment has unique opportunities and challenges. Your young animals’ performance is determined by your ability to recognize their specific needs and to make the necessary adjustments to your feeding program based on their genetic potential, housing environment, and environmental conditions. The greater  the producers’ ability to recognize the…

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    Improved Performance Through Weaning

    Weaning can be a stressful event for calves.  Taking the time to wean gradually can help reduce that stress and give the calf time to adjust their eating patterns to include more starter.  It is important to establish the right time to wean ensuring (a) the calf has received enough…

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