Bottle Calves — Raw Milk vs. Milk Replacer

Jul

20

2014

When you are raising bottle calves, the most important decision that you must make is whether to feed them on milk replacer or on raw milk. This decision is sometimes made for you, if you can’t get access to raw milk. Here are some of the factors that you should consider when you are deciding how to...

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Share Milking with Nurse Cows

Jul

20

2014

Share Milking Most commercial dairies separate calves from their mothers shortly after their birth. The calves are given bottles of their mothers’ colostrum and later fed on milk from the dairy. Most commercial dairy cows have no idea what it is like to mother a calf. They are simply valued for the...

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Are Dam-Raised Dairy Calves Really Better?

Jun

25

2014

Most people who have dairy cows are in love, or at least somewhat obsessed with them. Even the big commercial dairy farmer appreciates their cows and spends time obsessing about udder conformation, foot issues and how they are working to selectively breed for a sturdier, more resilient cow who can still...

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