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Pick a Straw: Conventional, sexed, or beef semen?

Should dairy producers use conventional semen, sexed semen, or beef semen when breeding their heifers and cows?  The simple answer is:  “It depends.” UW-Extension & UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science Dairy Management Specialist Victor Cabrera shares in the Progressive Dairyman article, Pick a straw:  Conventional, sexed, or beef semen? the factors to contemplate what type […]

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Cost of Raising Dairy Replacements

The cost of raising dairy replacement calves is a significant cost on Wisconsin dairy farms in the production of milk. Calculating the costs associated with raising dairy calves is an essential part of dairy business management. To augment individual dairy calf cost of production analysis, the dairy industry also requires a set of benchmark costs […]

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Heifer Blueprint: Assessing Failure of Passive Transfer in Calves

Colostrum management practices are considered successful when: 90% of the tested calves have a serum total protein concentration ≥ 5.2 g/dl 80% of tested calves have a serum total protein concentration ≥ 5.5 g/dl In the UW-Extension Heifer Blueprint Assessing Failure of Passive Transfer, Oconto County Agriculture Agent Sarah Mills-Lloyd and Fond du Lac County […]

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Heifer Blueprint: Bedding Comfort

Providing an excellent environment is a key component in successfully raising calves. For calf housing, the environment includes the calf’s resting space, feeding and walking surface. In the UW-Extension Heifer Blueprint Bedding Comfort, Oconto County Agriculture Agent Sarah Mills-Lloyd and Fond du Lac County Dairy & Livestock Agent Tina Kohlman share how often and when […]

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Heifer Blueprint: Best Practices for Cleaning & Disinfecting

Disinfection is critical to breaking the disease cycle.  Items that are in contact with calves (i.e. feeding, equipment, housing, trucks and trailers, health management tools, etc.) need to be properly cleaned and disinfected after each use. In the UW-Extension Heifer Blueprint Best Practices for Cleaning & Disinfecting, Oconto County Agriculture Agent Sarah Mills-Lloyd and Fond […]

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