Lidocaine Blocking and Dehorning Calves

Posted by Elizabeth Marvel on May 23, 2017 2:41:23 PM

The 2017 National FARM Program (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) takes aim at pain management. Painful medical procedures and the need to manage the associated pain and stress to animals get detailed attention in this revision. Dehorning/disbudding, castration, branding, and extra teat removal are all procedures performed on calves and require pain management.

 

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Topics: Animal Nutrition, Calf Management

New Organic Calf Milk Replacer

Posted by Elizabeth Marvel on Mar 9, 2017 6:13:30 PM

Organic calf milk replacers have been a rather scarce commodity in the United States. Milk Specialties Global is changing that with the introduction of Organi-calf ™ our new USDA Organic calf milk replacer. For many organic dairies, this will be just the tool to help them finally break the link in Johne's transmission.

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Topics: Animal Nutrition

Evaluating Dehydration In Baby Calves

Posted by Elizabeth Marvel on Jan 18, 2017 6:33:16 PM

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Topics: Animal Nutrition, Calf Management

Winterize Your Calf Feeding Program

Posted by Elizabeth Marvel on Dec 10, 2016 5:57:31 PM

When it comes to managing calves in cold weather there are a number of things you can do as the temperature drops. Managing the calf's environment through calf jackets, adequate bedding, minimizing drafts and exposure can have a big impact on the effectiveness of cold weather nutrition strategies. Increasing nutrient intake is a key component of successful cold weather management.

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Topics: Animal Nutrition, Calf Management

Veterinary Feed Directive

Posted by Elizabeth Marvel on Aug 23, 2016 6:44:15 PM

As of January 1, 2017, any medically important antibiotic are subject to the feed directive rule and will require either a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) form for feed-delivered antibiotics or a veterinary prescription for water delivered antibiotics. There are a dozen medically important antibiotics that will be transitioning from "over the counter" to VFD status.

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Topics: Animal Nutrition, Calf Management