Practice Tips

"Calves with Sam" visits the UK

Sam Leadley, a calf management specialist with Attica Veterinary Associates in New York, recently spent two weeks "across the pond." Learn what calf-management challenges he encountered in recent posts at his "Calves with Sam" blog. FULL STORY »

Prepare for grass tetany Play video

Dr. David Anderson, Large Animal Department Head at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine talks with Dr. Marc Caldwell about grass tetany. FULL STORY »

Transition diets and hypocalcemia

The importance of successfully transitioning dairy cows from pregnancy to lactation has been well documented. With more than 50% of periparturient cows experiencing hypocalcemia, dairy experts remind producers about the importance of diet management to optimize health and lactation performance. FULL STORY »

Baby heifers – which do we keep?

Making the decision on which heifers to keep back for replacements can start as early as that heifer’s birth. FULL STORY »

Tip of the Week looks at hypothermia

Spring may be here, at least by the calendar, but cold temperatures are still a threat to newborn calves. The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association has compiled some advice for detecting and dealing with hypothermia in newborn calves. FULL STORY »

Diet plays key role in heifer mastitis control

Managing mastitis in dairy replacement heifers includes several preventative measures, including dietary supplementation to improve the udder's resistance to infection. FULL STORY »

Try to avoid body condition loss now

Cows in many Midwestern herds are calving in marginal body condition. Short hay and standing forage supplies as well as expensive supplemental feeds, are partially to blame. FULL STORY »

Make the most of drylotted pairs

As we head into spring and summer, many producers are coming up short on pasture forage and may be considering drylotting cows and their calves. FULL STORY »

Five steps to improve heifer reproduction

The gold standard for monitoring reproduction in heifers, just as in cows, is how quickly open heifers are converted to pregnant heifers, noted John Lee, managing veterinarian, Dairy Veterinary Technical Services for Zoetis. FULL STORY »

Take advantage of eCVIs

The federal Animal Disease Traceability Rule, which will go into effect March 11, establishes minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. FULL STORY »

'Raw counts' can be useful

Greg Goodell, DVM, Heifer Authority, Greeley, Colo., says there are many ways to monitor disease on the dairy. FULL STORY »

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