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A new and simple on-farm test can help producers ensure their calves get off to a healthy start.

Suckle strength linked to calf vigour at birth

This simple assessment is an even better indicator than calving ease, says University of Calgary researcher

Reading Time: 2 minutes A researcher at the University of Calgary has found a simple way to test for calf vigour — look for calves that suck. “Suckle reflex is a really promising indicator of a calf’s ability to consume colostrum,” said Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky, who presented at the 2015 UCVM Beef Cattle Conference. Colostrum consumption is one of […] Read more