Tag Archives: Calf

August 1, 2016

Early Lactation

Previous articles have emphasised the importance of good feeding and management during the transition period around calving, so early lactation management should build on a good transition foundation.  Early lactation is a stressful time for dairy cows, as they recover from calving, rapidly increase milk production while losing body condition, and prepare for the next [...]
NZ Dairy Farmer
July 1, 2016

Calf Rearing

Numerous trials have demonstrated the importance of good calf rearing practices on increasing 1st lactation and lifetime milk production, thus profitability.  Early rumen development, gut health and integrity, and avoiding a weaning check are key factors influencing calf growth. Highly degradable starch based feeds promote development of the rumen and its papillae.  Recent trials have [...]
NZ Dairy Farmer
May 1, 2016

Rearing More Productive Heifers

It has been demonstrated that better grown calves and heifers have higher first lactation and lifetime production than less well grown ones.  What is less certain is the extent to which the benefits of early rumen development remain through to and after calving, with heifers reared off farm. This was tested in an on farm [...]
NZ Dairy Farmer
May 1, 2016

Rearing More Productive Heifers – Trial Review

Rearing calves well has long been recognised as important in the development of productive heifer replacements.  This concept has been extended more recently to studying the benefits of early rumen development on subsequent growth and milk production. Agrifeeds/Agritrade have promoted an early rumen development feeding programme using an extruded pre-starter feed RumenX®, and have conducted [...]
AgriBusiness
June 1, 2015

Colostrum Quantity & Quantity on Replacement Performance

Recent research has demonstrated how plane of nutrition and diet during pregnancy can affect colostrum production, milk yield and calf health.  Feeding cows to match energy, protein, mineral and vitamin requirements during pregnancy, supports production of colostrum and milk components, essential for the health and development of newborn and growing calves. Research in both cattle [...]
NZ Dairy Farmer
July 1, 2014

Coccidiosis Control in Milk Fed Calves

Clinical and subclinical coccidiosis in calves can result in significant financial losses, as a result of poor health, ill thrift, lost condition and weight, and severe cases death. Even under rigorous hygiene regimes, calves may be exposed to the coccidiosis causing protozoan parasites soon after birth.  This is because the coccidia oocytes shed by infected [...]
NZ Dairy Farmer