MaxCare Rearing Calves Workshop with Dr Bob James

MaxCare are delighted to present Dr Bob James, a world-renowned calf rearing expert. Dr Bob James years of experience and research, questions the status quo of current calf rearing practices, revealing that no matter what size or system your dairy farm, how a calf starts its life impacts the lifetime performance of that heifer as...
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Keep Your Calf Kitchen Clean with these 5 Tips

Nobody wants to eat off a dirty plate or have their food prepared in a nasty kitchen. The same goes for calves! Here are five tips to help keep your calf kitchen clean and tidy: 1. A Triple Threat – Using the combination of a detergent, disinfectant and sanitizer is a great way to minimize bacterial growth in the calf kitchen....
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Beware of Abomassal Bloat with Winter Feeding Changes

Frigid winter weather ushers in a host of challenges for dairy operations, including keeping newborn calves alive and thriving. Increasing liquid nutrients to young calves is widely recommended and implemented in cold climates. Because milk or milk replacer is the sole source of nutrition that can be digested by calves 3 weeks old and younger,...
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Exclusive Calf Milk Replacer Proves Popular

Contract milkers Ben and Johannah Jagger reared 300 calves on MaxCare Premium and Finisher Calf Milk Replacers (CMRs) and were pleased to note that their calves were said to be some of the best around. The Jaggers are contract milkers on Bunnings Farm in Swannanoa, Rangiora and 2018 was their first season here. Of the...
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6 tips to protect calves against coccidiosis

As coccidiosis is a serious disease that can result in significant economic losses, managing coccidiosis is imperative to ensure healthy young stock.   Managing coccidiosis, and reducing the impact of coccidial infections, depends on allowing a low level of exposure, so that young stock can develop immunity, but preventing levels of infection that will cause...
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Does More Milk Mean Less Starter Intake?

One concern about feeding elevated levels of liquid nutrients to pre-weaned calves is whether or not the practice delays and/or suppresses consumption of starter grain, making weaning more challenging for those calves. Researchers at the University of British Columbia recently performed a study to evaluate this question. The team presented their findings at the 2016...
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The True Cost of Raising Milk-Fed Calves

The majority of dairy operations consider raising dairy heifer replacements a major cost without receiving any return until the heifer enters the milking herd. As a result, the dairy tries to minimize the cost of raising heifers by feeding hospital milk or a lower-quality milk replacer. In most cases, the least expensive calf starter is also...
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Top tips for keeping calves cool in the hot weather

Hot and humid weather can take its toll on people, but calves are also susceptible to heat stress. To ensure calves stay healthy and maintain their growth rates, it’s important to keep them cool and comfortable during the sticky summer months. The hot Summer months are certainly upon us here in Australia so here’s how...
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Think differently about pre-weaning nutrition

Recently the MaxCare team attended International Dairy Week (IDW)  which is the largest expo event in the Australian dairy industry. MaxCare were proud sponsors of this key dairy event and hosted a seminar titled ‘Think differently about pre-weaning nutrition’ which was presented by renown ruminant nutritionist, Dr Ian Sawyer. Dr Ian Sawyer has been an...
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