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Updated: July 29, 2021

Dairy Nutrition

Resources on dairy nutrition
Updated: July 29, 2021

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Resources for dairy calves and heifers
Updated: July 29, 2021

Maryland Milk Moos-March 2021

Maryland Milk Moos Newsletter (March 2021-Volume 2, Issue 1). Topics include pre-weaned calf housing and nutrition, grazing tips, and management of poor alfalfa stands.
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Updated: June 14, 2021

Group Housing of Pre-weaned Calves: Yay or Nay?

Recent research suggests numerous benefits to housing pre-weaned calves in small groups, such as improved starter grain intake and greater social flexibility.
Group Housing Dairy Calves
Updated: June 14, 2021

Do pre-weaned calves need forage?

While it has been demonstrated that feeding hay is not needed to support adequate rumen development before weaning, there are some occasions when feeding a small amount of forage before weaning can be beneficial.
Dairy Calves
Updated: June 11, 2021

Stepping up your Fly Control Program

Summer is here and with that comes, what sometimes seems, a never-ending battle with flies. Flies can pose a significant problem for all animals on the farm. Following a (usually much welcomed) bout of wet summer weather, fly populations sometimes seem to explode. There are three major types of flies with economic significance to the U.S. dairy industry: horn flies, face flies, and stable flies. Control measures vary somewhat depending on which type of fly is causing issues. Below are four steps you can take to help reduce the fly load for your animals.
Diary cows grazing
Updated: May 24, 2021

Are Your Cattle Cool? Tips for Managing the Summer Heat

There is no question that heat stress can negatively impact animal performance. Exposure to heat stress reduces daily gains, milk production, and reproductive efficiency, though specific impacts on production varies depending on the magnitude and duration of heat exposure. Prolonged exposure to heat stress is much more detrimental than short-term heat stress and its effects linger long after temperatures drop back below the heat stress threshold.
Dairy heifers grazing triticale
Updated: May 7, 2021

Short- and Long-term Effects of Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle

Heat stress can have dramatic and lasting impacts on the performance of dairy cows, heifers, and calves.
Dairy cows eating
Updated: May 7, 2021

Managing Heifer Inventory on the Dairy

Many dairy producers grew up during a time when all heifer calves born on the farm were retained and reared as replacement candidates. However, improvements in pre-weaned calf management, heifer nutrition, and reproductive management have enabled dairy producers to maintain herd size while raising fewer replacements.
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Updated: May 7, 2021

How to Evaluate the Transition Cow Program

This article discusses herd-level indicators of transition program success. Whether you are building a new program or evaluating your current program. You need to look at areas that can help pinpoint needed improvements.
Cow nurturing calf after birth