The Trough

Features Animal Health
Enhancing the essentials

January 31, 2023
By Ronda Payne, Manure Manager

Food, water, shelter, cleanliness. These are the essential aspects of raising a healthy calf. But each element has so much more to it than first assumed. In fact, considering the necessary investments in livestock and their direct correlation to revenue, doing just the basics is no longer enough in a rapidly changing agricultural marketplace.

Jennifer Bentley, dairy field specialist with Iowa State University grew up in dairy farming and brought that passion to her research around raising happier, healthier calves. 

“Nutrition, housing and environment are all key factors in reaching these goals,” she says. “Simple tracking and reviewing of records on an individual farm basis could help in determining if calves could be healthier.” | READ MORE


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