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    Intensive Feeding Program with Excel

    Product Profile A specifically formulated high protein milk replacer for excellence in raising heifer calves. The Need Intensive feeding programs have been a major topic for discussion and presentation over the last year. Their aim has been to maximize genetic growth potential, get heifers to breeding weight sooner and also…

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    Grain Veal Typical Growth

    The aim of beef production is to produce a high quality product with maximum efficiency. Factors that affect the carcass composition and carcass yield are: Weight and age Genotype Gender Growth rate and nutrition Conformation A typical growth curve involves a self-accelerating phase of weight increase from birth to puberty…

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    Heifer Mammary Development

    It is important to remember that the foundations of udder development are completed within the first 15 months of life. Mammary growth and development is a component of the reproductive process and is affected by hormonal changes that occur as the animal develops. The basic structures of the mammary gland…

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    Heifer Holstein Size Targets

    The profit-making potential of the modern cow depends on her ability to combine production and type. Functional type enables a cow to produce over a long lifetime. (Holstein Canada) Relative Emphasis for Cows Body weight alone should not be a measure for developmental traits of heifers. Wither height is also…

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    Heifer Holstein Growth Targets

    We most often concentrate on milking cows to meet financial and milk supply commitments and to let the herd replacements take a back seat. Replacement heifers are tomorrow’s profit earners and deserve as much detailed attention as the milking herd. Managing the growth of replacement heifers to achieve sufficient body…

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    Calf Starter for VG Program

    The calf starter ration, to compliment grain veal program, needs to be highly palatable and of excellent quality. When a high protein milk replacer (21%) is being fed, the calf starter should be at least 18-20% protein to maintain optimal growth. It is critical that protein needs must be met…

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    Calf Starter for Excel Program

    The calf starter ration, to compliment an intensive calf management program, needs to be highly palatable and of excellent quality. When a high protein milk replacer (26%) is being fed, the calf starter should be at least 22% protein to maintain optimal growth. It is critical that protein needs must…

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    Calf Post Weaning Environment

    Grouping After weaning, calves should be housed in equal sized / aged groups, ideally one week after milk feeding has ceased. This avoids two major changes in routine at one time. Group calves according to size. Weaning from a machine feeding system is normally reached earlier (as early as week…

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    Clean & Sterilized Feeding Utensils

    Newborns have very naïve immune systems. Severe infections can be introduced and spread by bacterial contamination on esophageal feeders, buckets, nipples and bottles. Review the cleaning and sanitation procedures on your facility to be sure that all the utensils have been properly cleaned and maintained. Clean feeding utensils are critical…

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    Infectious Disease Management

    Every animal producer needs a disease monitoring and management program. These programs should be monitored with the practicing vet and might consider: Which diseases are present, Which ones can be minimized or prevented, How infections ones are identified and treated, What safeguards are in place to minimize disease spread Minimize…

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    Lamb Management

    Profitability in sheep farming is largely dependant on the number of lambs weaned per ewe per year (aim should be at least two). High prolific breeds (e.g. Finn, Romanov) used in the breeding program can achieve and surpass this. Lamb survival is a result of good ewe management before and…

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    Ewe Nutrition & Its Effect on Lamb Growth

    In the pre-lambing season it is worthwhile remembering the nutrition requirements of the ewe and the impact it can have on lamb viability and growth. Ewe nutrition needs increase significantly and accelerate rapidly, in the 4-6 weeks before lambing.  This is to support the rapidly growing fetus and encourage proper…

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