• 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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    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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