Calf and Heifer Wellness

Your calves have a big job ahead of them — and our approach can grow your herd’s lifetime productivity. Check out the five foundations of management.
As heifers enter their first lactation, meeting growth and height benchmarks is key for long-term health and productivity. more
Enlight™ is a new, online, comprehensive management tool designed to help Holstein dairy producers more efficiently manage herd genetics. more
Heifers represent the best genetics in your herd. Prepare heifers early to ensure successful first breeding and a healthy return on your investment.more
It’s time to think about weaning calves. Are you thinking about everything they might be exposed to as you move them into group housing? Don’t let disease become another stress at weaning.more
Before your calves are born, help establish a strong foundation with proactive scours prevention. more

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Meet benchmarks when raising heifers

Raising replacement heifers is one of the biggest investments on any dairy operation. In many areas of the country, raising one dairy replacement heifer costs between $1,400 to $1,500. 1 Incorporating the right nutrition program, at the right time, can help your heifers stay on track to enter the mi... more

Enlight™ powered by CLARIFIDE®

Data is everywhere on your dairy. Your challenge is knowing how to use it and finding time to compile and analyze it so you can make better decisions for your cows. Enlight ™ is a new, online management tool designed to help Holstein dairy producers more efficiently manage herd genetics. ... more

Heifer reproduction

The expense of growing heifers from birth to freshening can be one of the largest on a dairy. 1 Reproduction is the last major investment of a calf wellness program. Take these steps to manage your heifer repro program for a more promising return on your investment. Minimize raising costs and maximi... more

Group housing

Weaning brings enough stress. Don’t let disease add another. The stresses at weaning can leave a calf susceptible to disease. Calves need to be transitioned gradually to the new feeding program and group housing so they maintain enough intake to keep growing and ward off disease challenges. A ... more

Help protect calves from scours

Newborn calves face many challenges as they begin life. Don’t let scours be one of them. As the leading cause of calf deaths and sickness, scours can be responsible for up to 62% of mortality among unweaned dairy calves. 1 Calves that do survive scours can face lifelong setbacks, experiencing ... more

Help protect calves from BRD

Your young calves have a big job ahead of them, and so do you. Help them reach their full lifetime potential . Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is one of the most significant health challenges facing your calves, affecting 18.1% of all pre-weaned calves. 1 With proper disease management and preventi... more

Maximize genetic progress with key tools

As a dairy operator, your decision-making can only be as good as the information you have. After purchasing a group of heifers with unknown genetic value, Mike Larson of Larson Acres , Evansville, Wisconsin, began genomic testing the calves of those first-calf heifers to collect more information on ... more

Maximize the potential of your next crop of replacement dairy heifers with better information available with CLARIFIDE®.

Informed decision-making is the key to advancing your herd’s genetic potential and profitability. When Brian Houin of Homestead Dairy in northern Indiana first used CLARIFIDE ® , he realized he had potentially limited profitability with the breeding choice he had made traditionally in his... more

Let genomics improve your herd decisions

After years of raising every heifer calf and seeing their best ones get sold off, Reg Chaput and Paul Lavoie of Chaput Farms , North Troy, Vermont, decided it was time to improve their strategy. By using CLARIFIDE ® genomic testing and working closely with their genetic supplier and Zoetis repr... more

Invest in the right heifers

Raising a heifer from birth to freshening is a big investment in time and money. How do you know which ones are worth it? Brian Fiscalini with Fiscalini Farms & Cheese Co. , Modesto, California, uses CLARIFIDE ® to identify his animals with the greatest genetic potential and make better hei... more

Help protect your calves at every stage

Calf Wellness can help a herd improve Dairy Wellness and realize its future potential. And it starts by using proper health programs and management to build immunity and minimize disease exposure. A healthy start can make all the difference for full lifetime productivity.Create a vaccination program... more

Keep flies on the dairy under control this summer

Spring is a time for many wonderful things. It brings warm weather, flowers, the end of school, long weekends and thoughts of vacation. On the dairy, however, springtime also comes with at least one unwanted thing — flies. Flies aren’t just annoying to me and you; your cows don’t l... more

Zoetis launches Calf Wellness

Zoetis today announced the launch of Calf Wellness, a program that emphasizes Dairy Wellness solutions for all key calf and heifer growth stages, from newborn calves through pre-fresh heifers. The program focuses on five foundations of calf and heifer management: nutrition, disease management, repro... more

We have calf and heifer wellness solutions

The future of your dairy operation depends on the healthy start of your calves and heifers. So how do you ensure your calf and heifer development program is living up to industry standards?  A Dairy Wellness Solution post on our Facebook ® page has the answer. By assessing the four key area... more

You can use genomic technology and CLARIFIDE ® to improve your dairy. Genomics is about more than testing. It’s an enhanced strategy for selecting and managing dairy females for the best possible return on investment. Backed by a team of technical experts, CLARIFIDE gives you the power to... more

Identify your next top producer

When looking at a row of calf hutches, how do you know which calf will be your next top pr oducer? Which ones will help improve your herd in three to five years? Genomics can help you accurately identify those high performers so you can reach your goals. But before going all in with testing, make su... more

Refresh your calf management practices this spring to help prepare calves for lifetime productivity.

Spring is a welcome relief after a long, harsh winter. But the drastic highs and lows of early spring temperatures can challenge young calves’ underdeveloped immune systems. With help from your veterinarian, refresh and re-evaluate your calf and heifer program using these Calf Wellness managem... more

Boost Calf Wellness with ONE SHOT BVD

ONE SHOT®BVD is the newest addition to the Zoetis Calf Wellness vaccine portfolio. This new vaccine is available to help provide combined respiratory protection against Mannheimia haemolytica and bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) Types 1 and 2 viruses in a convenient, single dose. ONE SHOT BVD helps p... more

Changes in seasons are enough on calves without the burden of scours.

As you adjust to fluctuating temperatures this spring, brace your calves for scours.  Calf scours is a constant and serious threat. It’s the leading cause of death prior to weaning. 1 Even when a calf with scours lives, it might weigh 20 pounds less at weaning than a healthy calf. 2 ... more

By triggering mucosal immunity, intranasal vaccination can help enhance protection.

Successful dairies invest in their calves with good health management and disease prevention from birth. Bolstering calves’ immune systems is important because cows that suffer from respiratory disease early in life can face a lifetime of diminished performance. They’ll likely have a red... more

Calf and heifer growers share insights

Calf and heifer growers have a wealth of knowledge and experience raising young heifers to achieve full lifetime productivity. In a roundtable from Progressive Dairyman , four calf and heifer growers share their approaches to nutrition, disease management, reproduction, genetics and labor. They also... more

CLARIFIDE® now offers more genomic information

CLARIFIDE ® , the popular dairy genomic test from Zoetis, now is being conducted using a new 12,000-marker (12K) chip that increases the number of genetic markers tested. In addition to parentage verification and more than 30 production, health, fertility and type traits, CLARIFIDE now provides ... more

Control respiratory disease with DRAXXIN

To help protect your weaned heifers from losing her potential in lifetime milk production and minimize treatment costs during high-risk periods, consider a control strategy with DRAXXIN ® (tulathromycin) Injectable Solution . Recent studies offer compelling evidence that supports a control strat... more

Help protect your calves from respiratory disease

Cooler fall temperatures and big temperature swings between day and night can lead to stress on your calves’ immune system. To avoid this, we’re often inclined to close windows and doors of calf housing. However, this can create an environment with improper ventilation, minimized air exc... more

Enlight™ powered by CLARIFIDE®

Data is everywhere on your dairy. Your challenge is knowing how to use it and finding time to compile and analyze it so you can make better decisions for your cows. Enlight ™ is a new, online management tool designed to help Holstein dairy producers more efficiently manage herd genetics. ... more

Maximize genetic progress with key tools

As a dairy operator, your decision-making can only be as good as the information you have. After purchasing a group of heifers with unknown genetic value, Mike Larson of Larson Acres , Evansville, Wisconsin, began genomic testing the calves of those first-calf heifers to collect more information on ... more

Maximize the potential of your next crop of replacement dairy heifers with better information available with CLARIFIDE®.

Informed decision-making is the key to advancing your herd’s genetic potential and profitability. When Brian Houin of Homestead Dairy in northern Indiana first used CLARIFIDE ® , he realized he had potentially limited profitability with the breeding choice he had made traditionally in his... more

Let genomics improve your herd decisions

After years of raising every heifer calf and seeing their best ones get sold off, Reg Chaput and Paul Lavoie of Chaput Farms , North Troy, Vermont, decided it was time to improve their strategy. By using CLARIFIDE ® genomic testing and working closely with their genetic supplier and Zoetis repr... more

Invest in the right heifers

Raising a heifer from birth to freshening is a big investment in time and money. How do you know which ones are worth it? Brian Fiscalini with Fiscalini Farms & Cheese Co. , Modesto, California, uses CLARIFIDE ® to identify his animals with the greatest genetic potential and make better hei... more

You can use genomic technology and CLARIFIDE ® to improve your dairy. Genomics is about more than testing. It’s an enhanced strategy for selecting and managing dairy females for the best possible return on investment. Backed by a team of technical experts, CLARIFIDE gives you the power to... more

Identify your next top producer

When looking at a row of calf hutches, how do you know which calf will be your next top pr oducer? Which ones will help improve your herd in three to five years? Genomics can help you accurately identify those high performers so you can reach your goals. But before going all in with testing, make su... more

Raising a heifer is a big investment

Raising a heifer to freshening is a big investment. What’s the potential of each heifer born on the dairy? Which ones are worth the investment? As a veterinarian, you can help producer-clients advance decision-making and improve their dairy genetic evaluation process with CLARIFIDE ® . Se... more

Give your dairy the best chance to be successful.

Parent average doesn’t guarantee a heifer will show the same level of performance. When heifers with a good pedigree don’t turn profitable, CLARIFIDE ® can help determine why. Arlan Vander Woude, Vander Woude Dairy, Merced, Calif., was getting frustrated when heifers from his top co... more

See the potential of each heifer born.

Genomics isn’t new. For years, you have heard about the genetic power available from just a hair or blood sample. You may have even made the decision to test a few heifers.   Then the results came back as a spreadsheet or stack of printouts with predictions for more traits than you p... more

Manage you replacement heifers.

Know which heifers to keep
September 04, 2013

Do you have too many heifers on your hands and aren’t sure which ones to keep? After a recent herd expansion, Mike Bruette of Sugar Creek Farm, New London, Wis., needed a better way to manage his replacement heifers. When Bruette and business partner Jeff Handschke realized their dairy had mor... more

Meet benchmarks when raising heifers

Raising replacement heifers is one of the biggest investments on any dairy operation. In many areas of the country, raising one dairy replacement heifer costs between $1,400 to $1,500. 1 Incorporating the right nutrition program, at the right time, can help your heifers stay on track to enter the mi... more

Protect calves from parasites.

Nutrition and disease management can make or break the first 120 days of a heifer’s life. Internal and external parasites can cause setbacks to calf wellness, including reduced feed intake and poor digestibility and nutrient absorption. This can sideline a calf’s ability to grow and buil... more

Heifer reproduction

The expense of growing heifers from birth to freshening can be one of the largest on a dairy. 1 Reproduction is the last major investment of a calf wellness program. Take these steps to manage your heifer repro program for a more promising return on your investment. Minimize raising costs and maximi... more

Group housing

Weaning brings enough stress. Don’t let disease add another. The stresses at weaning can leave a calf susceptible to disease. Calves need to be transitioned gradually to the new feeding program and group housing so they maintain enough intake to keep growing and ward off disease challenges. A ... more

Help protect calves from scours

Newborn calves face many challenges as they begin life. Don’t let scours be one of them. As the leading cause of calf deaths and sickness, scours can be responsible for up to 62% of mortality among unweaned dairy calves. 1 Calves that do survive scours can face lifelong setbacks, experiencing ... more

Help protect calves from BRD

Your young calves have a big job ahead of them, and so do you. Help them reach their full lifetime potential . Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is one of the most significant health challenges facing your calves, affecting 18.1% of all pre-weaned calves. 1 With proper disease management and preventi... more

Help protect your calves at every stage

Calf Wellness can help a herd improve Dairy Wellness and realize its future potential. And it starts by using proper health programs and management to build immunity and minimize disease exposure. A healthy start can make all the difference for full lifetime productivity.Create a vaccination program... more

Keep flies on the dairy under control this summer

Spring is a time for many wonderful things. It brings warm weather, flowers, the end of school, long weekends and thoughts of vacation. On the dairy, however, springtime also comes with at least one unwanted thing — flies. Flies aren’t just annoying to me and you; your cows don’t l... more

Zoetis launches Calf Wellness

Zoetis today announced the launch of Calf Wellness, a program that emphasizes Dairy Wellness solutions for all key calf and heifer growth stages, from newborn calves through pre-fresh heifers. The program focuses on five foundations of calf and heifer management: nutrition, disease management, repro... more

We have calf and heifer wellness solutions

The future of your dairy operation depends on the healthy start of your calves and heifers. So how do you ensure your calf and heifer development program is living up to industry standards?  A Dairy Wellness Solution post on our Facebook ® page has the answer. By assessing the four key area... more

Refresh your calf management practices this spring to help prepare calves for lifetime productivity.

Spring is a welcome relief after a long, harsh winter. But the drastic highs and lows of early spring temperatures can challenge young calves’ underdeveloped immune systems. With help from your veterinarian, refresh and re-evaluate your calf and heifer program using these Calf Wellness managem... more

Boost Calf Wellness with ONE SHOT BVD

ONE SHOT®BVD is the newest addition to the Zoetis Calf Wellness vaccine portfolio. This new vaccine is available to help provide combined respiratory protection against Mannheimia haemolytica and bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) Types 1 and 2 viruses in a convenient, single dose. ONE SHOT BVD helps p... more

Changes in seasons are enough on calves without the burden of scours.

As you adjust to fluctuating temperatures this spring, brace your calves for scours.  Calf scours is a constant and serious threat. It’s the leading cause of death prior to weaning. 1 Even when a calf with scours lives, it might weigh 20 pounds less at weaning than a healthy calf. 2 ... more

By triggering mucosal immunity, intranasal vaccination can help enhance protection.

Successful dairies invest in their calves with good health management and disease prevention from birth. Bolstering calves’ immune systems is important because cows that suffer from respiratory disease early in life can face a lifetime of diminished performance. They’ll likely have a red... more

Control respiratory disease with DRAXXIN

To help protect your weaned heifers from losing her potential in lifetime milk production and minimize treatment costs during high-risk periods, consider a control strategy with DRAXXIN ® (tulathromycin) Injectable Solution . Recent studies offer compelling evidence that supports a control strat... more

Help protect your calves from respiratory disease

Cooler fall temperatures and big temperature swings between day and night can lead to stress on your calves’ immune system. To avoid this, we’re often inclined to close windows and doors of calf housing. However, this can create an environment with improper ventilation, minimized air exc... more

Stop, look and listen for bovine respiratory disease.

Stop. Look. Listen. You’ve seen this safety advice on railroad crossing signs, but did you ever think of applying it to calf wellness? There is a lot at stake for your herd. Be sure to take time every day to identify the following bovine respiratory disease symptoms: 1 Coughing Slow, reduced o... more

Calves of all ages can be susceptible to diseases. Salmonella is a fast-acting and hard-hitting bacterium that typically causes disease in older calves but also can hit newborns, causing Salmonella scours. Calves affected by Salmonella can become ill very quickly. Symptoms include: Not drinking milk... more

Calf wellness

Calf and heifer management is time-consuming and expensive, and producers only have a small window where care will help them achieve full health and lifetime productivity. The latest survey results of U.S. dairy heifer-growing operations by the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (... more

Respiratory disease prevention is in your control.

Bovine respiratory disease is a leading cause of reduced future lifetime productivity and calf and heifer health. It’s a big deal and affects 18.1% of all pre-weaned calves. 1 Heifers with a respiratory infection during their first three months of life are at a greater risk of death, reduced g... more

Tune up your calf and heifer program.

When was the last time you gave your calf and heifer development program a thorough assessment? Zoetis offers a comprehensive checklist for monitoring calf wellness. Use this checklist with a trusted adviser to assess four key areas of your calf and heifer program: maternity pen management, pre-wean... more

Heifers represent the best genetics within the herd.

When it comes to your breeding program, where are heifers on the priority list? They represent the best genetics within the herd, and ensuring they calve in a timely manner is crucial to their future production. According to industry estimates, it costs between $1,595 and $2,935 to raise a heifer fr... more

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