Thursday, February 14, 2019

Calf Health: The Futile Search for the Silver Bullet

The February issue of the calf management newsletter focuses on best management practices. 
The summary points are:
·        Calf health goals
·        The futile search for THE cause of illness
·        Observing the “critical control points” for immunity
·        Observing the “critical control points” for pathogen exposure
·   “Ducks in a Row” management vs. the “silver bullet” to solve health problems
The url is 
http://atticacows.com/library/newsletters/CEFebruary2019.pdf

Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Calf and Heifer Management
Online Course

Cornell ProDairy program announced an online course to run from March 29 through May 17, 2019.

The topics:
  • Calf nutrition Pre-weaning
  • Calf nutrition Post-weaning
  • Replacement economics
  • Colostrum management
  • Inventory management
  • Genetics
  • Calf health
  • Housing
Instructors include Mike Van Amburgh, Heather Huson, Curt Gooch, Jason Karszes, Rob Lynch, Kim Morrill and Margaret Quaassdorff.

Registration: $25 discount if register before March 11. Total cost $265 per person.

Full course information is at prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/online courses
click HERE or paste this url in your browser
https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/online-courses/calf-heifer-management/

links at the bottom of the page will give you more information on
  • Instructors
  • Technology requirements
  • Registration

Thursday, February 7, 2019

First 24 Hours - Getting it Right

I am giving a lecture on Friday, February 8th, for a class at SUNY Morrisville - a 2-year dairy program. The course, Heifer Management, has one week devoted to the young dairy calf.

My title is "First 24 Hours - Getting it Right."

A summary is:
1. The first 2  minutes - breathe
2. The first 10-30 minutes - adapting to the new environment
3. Managing Colostrum - the 5 "Q's"
  • Quickly
  • Quantity
  • Quality
  • Quantify (BSTP)
  • sQueaky clean
A copy of the powerpoint [English only] is available by sending an e-mail to
smleadley@yahoo.com - type First 24 Hours in the subject line of the e-mail.
Cold Weather Feeding Tips

Maureen Hanson has done a good job summarizing ideas for cold weather feeding for milk-fed calves. Her five main points:
1. Feeding delivery
2. Ration formulation and osmolality
3. Water
4. Mixing consistency
5. Feeding temperature

This review is at:
https://www.dairyherd.com/article/beware-abomassal-bloat-winter-feeding-changes 

or you can try bit.ly/preventbloat