Calving and Calf Management

Department Publishes Overview of Heifer Raising Industry

(Dairy Vietnam) US- The US Department of Agriculture has released a study of the 2011 heifer rearing industry offering a rare overview of operations on over 200 farms.

Colostrum Health Benefits for Dairy Calves not Affected by Cold Storage

(Dairy Vietnam) US - Fresh, refrigerated or frozen, colostrum still is the best thing dairy owners can feed newborn calves, according to a joint study by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the University of Florida.

Numerous Reports of Pneumonia in Growing Calves

UK - Numerous reports of pneumonia associated with Mannheimia infections have been observed in growing calves, according to the latest AHVLA Scanning Surveillance Report.

Calf Health

The aim of successful calf rearing is to produce a healthy calf which is capable of optimum performance throughout its life from birth through to finishing, reports Bernadette Earley, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc.

Heifer and Cow Management

The life cycle of an animal starts at conception. With cattle, the calf is born after a period of 283 days or approximately 9 months of pregnancy. One of the most important factors affecting the management of breeding, is the length of this gestation period (the time the cow carries the calf from conception to birth). After calving, a cow should not be brought to the bull before at least 50 days have elapsed to allow the uterus time to undergo involution (a necessary period of rest and recuperation from possible injuries suffered at calving).

Plan Now To Improve Calving Weight

With higher calf prices in the fall of 2010, there is a belief in the industry that the prices will hold going into the fall of 2011. Higher prices provide an incentive to increase calf weaning weights and dollars received per calf when this upcoming calf crop is sold.

Calf Milk Replacer Guide


1. Why Feed Milk Replacer?
2. Milk Replacer Ingredients
3. Key Benefits Of Merrick's Manufacturing Process
4. Milk Replacer Tags
5. Raising a Healthy Calf
6. Milk Replacer Start-up Tips & Feeding Suggestions

Systems Of Production For Male Calves From The Dairy Herd

Researchers at the Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Ireland, look at the different production methods for male calves from the dairy herd.

Need for Calf Rearers to Focus on Boosting Colostrum Quality

UK - Poor colostrum management and low vaccination rates are the two main reasons why so many UK dairy and beef units continue to struggle with costly and debilitating calf scour problems.

Veal is the meat of a calf

Though veal can be produced from a calf of either sex and any breed, most veal comes from male (bull) calves of dairy cattle breeds. Veal has a delicate taste and tender texture, is lean and nutritious.