March 16, 2020

Feeding Colostrum and Colostrum Replacers to Newborn Calves, Lambs and Kids

Colostrum is that “liquid gold” that gets newborn babies off to a good start. Colostrum is the first milk that a cow, ewe or doe produces after birth. It is thick and yellowish and rich in energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. But its most important role is protecting the newborn from potential disease and infection. […]

February 24, 2020

The Sandhills Calving System For Scours Prevention

Thanks to the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada for this piece! Last week we looked at the system Doug Wray uses to prevent disease spread in his newborn calves. His process is a variation of a system developed at the University of Nebraska about 20 years ago, known as the Sandhills Calving System (developed […]

February 17, 2020

Fresh Pens and Pastures Keep Calves Healthy

Thanks to the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada for this information! Doug Wray believes in keeping newborn calves separated as much as possible from other two-week and older calves on his south-central Alberta farm to avoid livestock congestion and dramatically reduce the risk of congregated calves developing and spreading scours. And for the past […]

November 4, 2013

Stress Less Weaning

Here’s a tried and true method from Chip Hines that will save you time and money. It’s low stress for the cattle AND YOU! (And just because he talks about cattle, doesn’t mean the principles won’t work for other livestock as well.)

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