What’s on the menu for your calves from 3-6 months?

To maintain an average daily weight gain of around 0.8kg/1.5lb per day, the calves should be fed a diet that combines 16-18% crude protein, 35% acid detergent fibre, and 11MJ ME/kg DM.
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Feeding your calves for a high growth rate

Right from the calf’s first moments of life, the right approach to feed is crucial for securing a high growth rate. You need to start the process of feeding for a high growth rate straight after birth:

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Train your calves to drink

Lifetime productivity starts when the calf is born. The better start in life you give your calves, the more likely they are to grow into healthy, productive and profitable assets. The future success of your dairy farm depends on the success of your calf management program. Continue reading

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Successful reproduction is at the heart of the dairy business

Successful reproduction lies at the heart of any dairy operation – without regular calvings there will be difficulties in producing the desired amount of milk. As a direct result of this, infertility – or perhaps, more accurately, the inability of the … Continue reading

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Minimising mastitis and maximizing cow lifetime productivity

It is the second biggest cause of involuntary culling of dairy cows, and it can infect up to 50% of all dairy herds in the US and Europe: mastitis is a constant threat among dairy herds which can have expensive … Continue reading

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SCC increase: not always due to mastitis

For a long time now somatic cell count numbers have been used as a way to detect mastitis in cows. However with DeLaval’s Herd Navigator you can get a more accurate reading that measures other components like the enzyme Lactate Dehydrogenase. Continue reading

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How scheduled parlour services can help prevent mastitis

Being proactive and scheduling parlour services will help you prevent mastitis and increase cow longevity Continue reading

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How does lameness impact cow longevity?

Do you have an action plan when it comes to reducing lameness and increasing cow longevity? Continue reading

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Why we really need to think about extending the lifetime productivity of a cow  

Dairy farmers need to replace cows in the herd frequently because of health and reproduction issues; yet this expensive practice could also be avoided in some cases through a range of simple, effective measures. Isn’t that part of what sustainable farming … Continue reading

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Herd Navigator: the way ahead

How much time and effort could you save if you could identify problems like mastitis or ketosis, before they became a problem in your dairy herd? And how much extra profit might you earn, if you could spot the animals … Continue reading

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