Recent Stories by Maureen Hanson
Apr 06, 2019 by Maureen Hanson
The more difficulty a cow has giving birth, the more challenging life in the outside world will be for her calf, according to New York Calf and Heifer Specialist Sam Leadley.
Apr 05, 2019 by Maureen Hanson
A growing body of evidence suggests there are wide-reaching benefits to following colostrum with several feedings of transition milk.
Apr 04, 2019 by Maureen Hanson
Pregnant heifers are one cohort on dairies that don’t need nutrient-rich diets. In fact, over-feeding mature heifers can lead to excess fat deposition, which may cause calving difficulties and challenging lactation transitions.
Mar 07, 2019 by Maureen Hanson
Keeping accurate calf health records; following written management routines; and observing medical treatment protocols all can enhance animal welfare, farm efficiency, and consumer confidence.
Feb 08, 2019 by Maureen Hanson
Both colostrum and oral vaccines are critical to immune development and disease prevention in newborn calves. But they should not be given at the same time.
Jan 09, 2019 by Maureen Hanson
Data gathered in a recent study by the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System also yields important information regarding colostrum delivery, calf nutrition, ventilation and maternal heat stress.
Dec 06, 2018 by Maureen Hanson
Increasing the liquid nutrients delivered to calves in cold weather is a highly recommended practice, and is done with the best of intentions. But abomassal bloat can be a deadly side effect for some calves.
Nov 12, 2018 by Maureen Hanson
The October issue of the Journal of Dairy Science features six new articles on preweaned heifer calf management.