Pasteurization does not harm milk components

The reports of illnesses related to the consumption of raw milk are increasing on an almost daily basis. In Boone County, Mo., this month, several people, including children, have developed E. coli infections from consumption of raw milk from the same farm.

Cow-Calf Corner: Calf Colostrum Consumption (Passive Transfer)

Cow-Calf Corner is a collection of timely management tips of interest to cow-calf producers in Oklahoma. In this segment, Glenn Selk discusses why it is so important for a newborn calf to receive adequate colostrum from the mother cow.

Intensified Feeding Programs for Calves

Intensified feeding of calves for accelerated growth is a hot topic in calf management. These programs involve feeding of more milk replacer than in conventional programs, such that calves consume about twice as much dry milk replacer solids. One advantage of these programs is to enable heifers to grow to breeding size earlier. Disadvantages include increased costs for milk replacer and increased attention needed at the time of weaning to ensure adequate consumption of dry feed.

New Digital Refractometers Will Save You Time!

We want to make your life on the farm easier. Learn how the New Digital Refractometers can be used for checking quality of colostrum as well as Total Protein for evaluating failure of passive transfer.

Colostrum: More than just Ig

Importance of delivering clean, high-quality colostrum to newborn calves shortly after birth has been well documented in research and widely publicized in the industry. Central to colostrum’s influence on calf survival and growth is the transfer of plasma immunoglobulin (Ig) from the dam to the offspring.


Tube Feeding Did Not Reduce IgG Absorption from Colostrum in Penn State Study

Esophageal or “tube” feeders can be very helpful tools for providing calves with adequate amounts of colostrum as soon as possible after birth. Some farms use them as the primary method of feeding colostrum, while others tube only calves that fail to consume enough colostrum from a bottle.


Dr Jim Quigley at DairyProfit Seminars at EFD 2011 [PART 1]

Dr Jim Quigley, vice president and director of calf operations at APC, Inc. spoke on improving the health of baby calves during the DairyProfit Seminars at Empire Farm Days on Aug. 9 in Seneca Falls, NY

Take a Long View of Calves: Treat them nice as babies, and they will grow up to be better adults.

Old habits die hard” is sometimes a huge understatement in the dairy industry, especially when it involves basic management practices that have been used for generations without being re-examined in the light of new information, methods, and tools. It's a situation that many milk producers may not even realize is a problem, let alone one that can cost them thousands of dollars per year.

DCHA - Gold Standards I

Production and performance standards established for Holstein calves, from birth to 6 months of age, across the United States.

DCHA - Gold Standards III

Animal welfare standards for rearing dairy calves and heifers, from birth to freshening, across the United States.

Potassium sorbate preserves colostrum

Looking for a good way to reduce bacterial growth in refrigerated colostrum? Then you might want to try potassium sorbate, a common food preservative.


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Colostrum Supplements and Pasteurizers

The importance of colostrum in newborn calves has been discussed at just about every meeting or article on calf health. The reason is simple—colostrum transfers the mother’s immunity to the newborn calf so that the calf can stay healthy until the newborn immune system kicks in.


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