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protect-calves-against-coccidiosis
10
Apr

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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pre-weaned-calves
03
Apr

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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average-daily-weight-gain
29
Mar

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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keeping-calves-cool
11
Feb

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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pre-weaning-nutrition
29
Jan

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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pre-weaning-nutrition
17
Jan

What impact does pre-weaning nutrition have on the long-term profitability of your herd?

Another calf rearing season is fast approaching so it’s important we start to consider what we want to achieve. It’s vital that we get our pre-weaning nutrition right to get the best possible results. MaxCare Business Manager, Tom Newton said “better nutrition for your calves will deliver a better return on your investment. An investment...
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international-dairy week
14
Jan

MaxCare heads to International Dairy Week

International Dairy Week (IDW) is the largest expo event in the Australian dairy industry. IDW Australia is a forum to showcase the latest developments in Australian dairy cattle, farming practices, dairy knowledge, breeding and genetics, machinery, equipment and technology, environmental management and services.  Held during the third week of January each year IDW is the...
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feeding-calves
13
Dec

Getting it Right: Feeding Calves in a Group Housing Facility

In the sixth free webinar of the DeLaval Calf College series, Dr. Robert James, PhD., reviewed the options for feeding calves in group housing facilities. He noted that a successful group calf feeding operation provides the opportunity to: utilize a higher plane of nutrition – equating to smaller, more frequent meals; capture genetic potential through better feeding...
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fortified-milk-guidelines
07
Dec

Fortified Milk Guidelines

What is fortified milk? Fortified milk is “the addition of calf milk replacer to whole milk”. This provides a high energy, high protein feed in a smaller volume than would otherwise be required to achieve a similar nutritional content if using whole milk or calf milk replacer alone. Why use fortified milk? High protein and...
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