DEHORNING: HOW TO MAKE A NECESSARY JOB EASIER WITH LIDOCAINE BLOCKING

Posted by Elizabeth Marvel on Mar 10, 2020 2:11:15 PM

Until polled genetics become more available in the dairy industry, dehorning is a necessary task on the farm.  Dehorning is a painful process; therefore, it is necessary to provide pain management to the calf. Dehorning should be performed prior to eight weeks of age The younger the calf the faster they seem to recover from the procedure.  You can offer pain management by Lidocaine blocking and offering a drug like Meloxicam. Lidocaine and Meloxicam are both very economical choices, just make sure you receive a prescription from your veterinarian.

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Topics: ANIMAL NUTRITION

CALF COLD STRESS MONITOR: A NEW WAY TO ESTIMATE THE INCREASED ENERGY NEEDS FOR CALVES UNDERGOING COLD STRESS

Posted by Milk Specialties Technical Experts on Nov 8, 2019 9:46:27 AM

Colder weather has descended on many parts of the U.S. dairy country, and that means we need to pay increased attention to the impact of cold stress on young dairy calves raised outside. Calves less than 3 weeks of age are most susceptible to cold stress because they are born with very little body fat reserves to draw upon and do not consume very much calf starter at this young age. These young calves must rely on the energy being provided by the liquid diet they are consuming to meet their energy requirements for maintenance (basic body functions such as digestion, immune function, and nutrient metabolism) and for growth. 

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Topics: ANIMAL NUTRITION

PROTEIN DRIVING RECORD MILK PRICES

Posted by Milk Specialties Technical Experts on Sep 20, 2019 10:26:38 AM

Milk and Milk Protein prices are going up, with prices projected to hit a four-year high. Now, more than ever, is the time to feed Energy Booster™ products to capitalize on the increasing price of milk volume and components.

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Topics: ANIMAL NUTRITION

Five Nutritional Strategies to Minimize the Effect of Summer Heat Stress on Lactating Cows

Posted by Charles Soderholm, DVM, PhD Dairy Science on Jul 2, 2019 2:11:05 PM

Summer heat stress affects cows throughout the U.S., resulting in reduced feed intake, lower milk production, poor reproductive performance and excessive weight loss.  The reduction in milk yield associated with heat stress occurs primarily because of declining feed intake. The metabolic effects of heat stress can be minimized with practical knowledge, supplemental fats and other nutritional strategies.  

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The Science of Mixing Milk Replacer (video)

Posted by Elizabeth Marvel on Jul 2, 2019 2:10:19 PM

What could be easier than mixing a bit of powder in water, right? If it were only that simple…

When it comes to mixing milk replacer and feeding it to calves, there are a surprising number of issues that can creep up, either from a mixing, feeding or an animal performance standpoint. How we measure milk replacer powder, how we mix it with water and the temperature at mixing and feeding time affect both the milk replacer and the calf.

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Topics: ANIMAL NUTRITION

The Science of Mixing Milk Replacer - Mixology 101

Posted by Elizabeth Marvel on Jul 2, 2019 2:06:26 PM

What could be easier than mixing a bit of powder in water, right? If it were only that simple…

When it comes to mixing milk replacer and feeding it to calves there are a surprising number of issues that can creep up, either from a mixing, feeding or an animal performance standpoint. How we measure milk replacer powder, how we mix it with water and the temperature at mixing and feeding time affect both the milk replacer and the calf.

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Topics: ANIMAL NUTRITION

Calf Management Tips: Nesting Score

Posted by Elizabeth Marvel on Oct 9, 2017 2:09:54 PM

The appropriate bedding for a calf varies from a thin layer of straw, sand or wood chips in the summer to a deep layer of an insulating straw where a calf can nestle into the bedding to stay warm as the temperature drops. 

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Topics: ANIMAL NUTRITION

Calf Management Tips: Administering Intravenous Injections

Posted by Elizabeth Marvel on Aug 13, 2017 10:54:00 AM

Medications such as Banamine® (for pain) must be injected directly into a vein. In this movie, Elizabeth demonstrates how to administer an intravenous injection to a young calf.

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Topics: ANIMAL NUTRITION

Calf Management Tips: Esophageal Tube Feeder

Posted by Elizabeth Marvel on Jul 10, 2017 11:16:19 AM

An esophageal tube feeder is an essential tool for feeding colostrum to newborn calves and for administering fluids to sick or dehydrated calves. For some calf raisers, the idea of tubing a calf may cause some anxiety over possibly hurting the calf or causing fluids to enter the lungs.

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Topics: ANIMAL NUTRITION

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