Details, Details How does your calf feeding program measure up?
Now that the cold weather has arrived, your calves’ energy requirements will be increasing greatly. Calf starter consumption plays an important role in providing your calves with the energy they need, when they need it most.
“To keep calves growing all year long, regardless of the temperature outside, it is important that calf feeders pay attention to the details and closely monitor their feeding practices,” says Christie Underwood, a calf and heifer specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition in the southwest.
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Group housing and automated feeding of preweaned calves has become a hot topic in the dairy industry, particularly during cold winter calf care. It’s not really new. But today’s “gadgets” allow producers to use these systems better to feed more milk, more often, while reducing labor time, but not management.
Ventilation, air quality and clean, well-bedded quarters are number one-two-three for calves raised successfully in a group housing environment. Sanitation of the feeding units also ranks high on this health and performance list.
From feed storage to the mouth of the cow — that’s our piece of the puzzle” says Herman DeBoer, Sales Manager for Jaylor. The focus at Jaylor goes beyond what you would expect from a TMR (Total Mixed Ration) mixer manufacturer. Not only are they concerned about the mechanics of their equipment but have a philosophy that focuses on nutrition. “When cattle are fed a poorly mixed TMR you will notice that they nuzzle and work the grains out of the feed. Cattle are a lot like children in this respect.” says Janet D. Kleinschmidt B.Sc. (AGR), M.Sc., Ruminant Nutritionist for Jaylor.
The 47th edition of World Dairy Expo is now a memory to more than 70,000 attendees from 92 countries. However, the impact of the event will last for some time. The annual five-day event has become the mecca of the dairy universe for networking and unveiling the latest innovations and concepts to the dairy world. The 843 exhibiting companies from 29 countries displayed a wide array of new products, services and technologies.