Calf Milk Replacer Guide
Animal Plasma Protein Tech Bulletin
Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten Tech Bulletin
Proven Performance of Wheat & Plasma Proteins
The Science of Mixing Milk Replacers Video
Alternative Proteins For Milk Replacers Video
Future Perspective On Accelerated Milk Replacer Feeding Video
Procream -- Nutritional and Health Benefits in Animal Nutrition
Milk Replacer Medications
Medication Options for Milk Replacers
Deccox vs. Bovatec
The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Video
Milk Replacer Additives
ClariFly - Fly Season
Calf Management & Facilities
The Science of Mixing Milk Replacer Video
Automatic Calf Feeder Handbook
The Automatic Calf Feeding Handbook provides an overview of the key management components of raising calves using automatic calf feeding systems. It is intended for nutrition and farm management professionals desiring to improve their understanding and familiarity with these automated systems. So whether you raise calves individually and are interested in adopting automatic feeders, have a farm support role, or you currently have automatic feeders and just want to learn another view point, this publication may be right for you.
Bloat In Calves & Other Young Livestock
Winterize Your Calf Feeding Program Video
Building a Strong Future Video
Calf Management Tips Video Series
A brief look at techniques for evaluating the hydration status of calves. The skin tent test is highlighted and appropriate rehydration is discussed.
Esophageal Tube Feeder
An esophageal tube feeder is an essential tool for feeding colostrum to newborn calves and for administering fluids to sick or dehydrated calves. For some calf raisers, the idea of tubing a calf may cause some anxiety over possibly hurting the calf or causing fluids to enter the lungs. Using good technique minimizes the possibility of harming the calf. In this video, Elizabeth demonstrates the proper technique for inserting the tube and administering fluids.
Lidocaine Blocking & Dehorning
Dehorning calves can be a painful process. Blocking the cornual nerve with lidocaine numbs the horn bud area and controls the pain associated with disbudding. In this movie, Elizabeth demonstrates how to block the nerve and dehorn a calf using a butane dehorner.
Dehorning with Caustic Paste
Dehorning paste is applied directly to the horn buds of calves less than eight weeks of age. The caustic substance in the paste cauterizes the tissue over time and prevents horn growth. Research into dehorning pain management shows that calves being dehorned with caustic paste benefit from nerve blocking with lidocaine and general pain relief from an NSAID such as Meloxicam. In this movie, Elizabeth shows how to prepare the horn bud and apply the dehorning paste. For a demonstration on lidocaine blocking, see Calf Management Tips: Lidocaine Blocking & Dehorning.
Administering Intravenous Injections
Medications such as Banamine® (for pain) must be injected directly into a vein. In this movie, Elizabeth demonstrates how to administer an intravenous injection to a young calf.
Administering Intravenous Fluids
Knowing how to administer intravenous fluids can save a calf’s life. Severely dehydrated calves that cannot stand or even lie in an upright position are likely to be severely dehydrated with greater than 8% dehydration. Their suckle reflex is poor or nonexistent and IV fluids may be the only thing that can revive them. Elizabeth demonstrates how to place and secure a catheter and administer IV fluids to a recumbent calf in this episode of Calf Management Tips.
Administering Subcutaneous Fluids
Dehydrated calves often need fluids in addition to oral electrolyte treatment. Subcutaneous fluids are administered under the skin and are a valuable compliment to oral electrolyte therapy for calves that are between 5 to 8% dehydrated. In this episode of Calf Management Tips, Elizabeth shows how to properly administer subcutaneous fluids to baby calves.
This episode of Calf Management Tips focuses on bedding for calves. Weather conditions are a major factor when it comes to assuring that calves have appropriate bedding. This movie provides descriptions and examples of nesting scores for calves.
Colostrum IgG Testing with a Brix Refractometer
Measuring and monitoring the IgG content of the colostrum being feed your calves is a critical first step in assuring calves receive the nutrition and immunity they need to get off to a good start. In this movie, Elizabeth demonstrates how to use two digital refractometers and an optical refractometer for testing colostrum IgG.
Testing Serum Total Protein
Measuring serum total protein is the second step in monitoring and evaluating your colostrum management and feeding programs — the first step is assuring calves receive high quality colostrum. Serum total protein measurements allows you to determine the success or failure of passive transfer of immunity from colostrum to the calf, and offers important insights into the farm’s colostrum feeding program as well as the status of individual calves. Elizabeth demonstrates how to collect, prepare and evaluate a blood sample for serum total proteins.
Newborn Calf Protocol In the Maternity Pen
There are several steps you should take while the calf is in the maternity pen to assure it gets off to a good start. In this video, Elizabeth explains how to evaluate overall vigor, methods to stimulate breathing, colostrum feeding and dipping the calf’s navel.
Referenced videos: see the complete list of Calf Management Tips videos for links to:
Colostrum IgG Testing With a Brix Refractometer
Esophageal Tube Feeding
Technical Tips In Dairy Calf Management
Managing Calves In Cold Weather