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Calf Science

Two black and white cows and a calf A black and white calf approaching the camera Several calves of various colors

From Genes to Weaning

Dairy calves represent the future herd but rearing them to be top performers can sometimes be challenging. Our website provides a source of information to dairy farmers, veterinarians, advisors and calf caretakers knowledge and tips on current calf care topics to promote health. Our site provides traditional factsheets, video courses in English and Spanish, as well as links for science-based ways to approach calf care.

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Genomics
For more information on genomics visit our research page at http://vetextension.wsu.edu/research-projects/dairygenomics/

Factsheets

Colostrum Quality & Management

Research

 

 

Calf Nutrition

Factsheets

Research

Housing and The Environment

Courses
Click on the ‘Start Course’ link below to access the desired course.

  • Veterinarian and Dairy Advisor
    • Part One – covers the literature on calf housing and environmental management – Start Course
    • Part Two – covers use of the assessment tool for evaluating the calf environment – Start Course
  • Producer – covers the literature on calf housing and environmental management – Start Course
  • Dairy Employee – provides practical advice to calf-caretakers about calf environments
  • 4-H – provides advice on clean and comfortable environments to optimize livestock health and wellbeing – Start Course

Factsheets

Research

 

Disease Detection, Treatment, and AMR

Courses

Factsheets

Research

Calf Behavior & Welfare

Factsheets

Research

Record Keeping of Herd Health
Visit The Good Health Records Program at http://vetextension.wsu.edu/research-projects/gdhr/

Factsheets

Veterinary Oversight

Courses

Factsheets

Funding for this work done over the years has come from the following grants:
USDA-CSREES-NIFSI-2004-51110-02184
USDA-CSREES-NIFSI-2010-51110-21131
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-2013-68004-20365
USDA-NIFA-AFRI-2015-68003-22998