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Take Away the Pain

Dehorning has captured more attention recently, both on-farm and in the media. The average American is three generations removed from the farm, and as a result, these consumers sometimes do not understand the reasoning behind practices such as dehorning or disbudding. While this disconnect can be frustrating at times, consumer concerns motivate us to rethink certain […]

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Calf Diseases & Prevention

Among all animals present on a dairy farm, the highest mortality rates generally occur in baby calves prior to weaning. This is a statistic worth paying attention to when thinking in terms of total herd profitability. Chances are high mortality of replacement animals, impaired growth of calves, decreased milk production of chronically afflicted calves, increased […]

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Dairy Cattle Dehorning Practices

Removing horns from dairy cattle is an important farm safety practice because it prevents injuries to people and cattle. Removal of the horn or horn bud is a painful procedure and can be minimized by disbudding/dehorning cattle at a young age with proper pain management. Ideally, disbudding/dehorning should occur prior to six weeks of age. […]

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Putting a Price Tag on Raising Dairy Replacements

The heifer rearing price tag varies farm to farm, so obtaining an industry average can be difficult. Still, producers want to know general rearing costs and would like benchmarks to compare themselves to. For this reason, UW Extension agriculture agents in Wisconsin collected data from real dairy farms and custom calf and heifer growers in […]

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Dairy Calf Housing Podcasts

Getting calves the healthy start they need requires good calf housing management. In this four-part podcast series, UW-Extension Biological Systems Engineer David Kammel and Vicky Lauer, ANIMART Professional Services Veterinarian discuss various aspects of calf housing management. The podcasts are moderated by Liz Binversie, UW-Extension Brown County Agriculture Educator. Part 1:   Calf housing types […]

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