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We offer a variety of dairy cow feeds and supplements that contain the highest-quality ingredients. So you can find what’s best for your herd’s productivity and achieve your goals.

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AMPLI-CALF®
AMPLI-CALF®

AMPLI-Calf® starters and growers contain a combination of unique, proprietary ingredients, including a natural palatability enhancer, an immune modulating compound, a prebiotic dietary fiber that maintains lower gut health and a unique source of fiber for better digestion.

HEIFERSMART® Dairy Program
HEIFERSMART® Dairy Program

HEIFERSMART® Dairy Program products can offer a cost-effective and progressive means to help heifers mature into productive and efficient lactating cows - further enhancing the return on investment of a calf and heifer nutrition program. The HEIFERSMART® Dairy Program portfolio represents the latest focus on extending the growth benefits achieved in superior calf feeding programs by keeping heifers growing through breeding to pre-fresh so they are prepared to enter the lactating herd sooner. An easy and convenient way to meet specific nutritional needs for developing dairy heifers.

LAND O LAKES® Calf Care Program
LAND O LAKES® Calf Care Program

LAND O LAKES® Calf Care Products help young animals get back on the path to growth and success. The Calf Care Products complement all calf nutrition options from Land O'Lakes Animal Milk Products and Purina Animal Nutrition, providing essential nutrients to aid in overall health and growth.

MetaPro® Nutrition
MetaPro® Nutrition

MetaPro® balances dairy rations to maintain milk production with lower crude protein intake and lower fecal and urine loss. It is based on a prescriptive balance of metabolizable protein, lysine and methionine.

Milk Replacers
Milk Replacers

A full potential plane of nutrition, delivering at least 2.5 pounds of dry matter per day, is recommended as the best calf feeding plan to promote optimal health and growth, efficient, productivity and to achieve a calf’s full genetic potential.

NutriTek® Technology
NutriTek® Technology

NutriTek® Technology supports cows’ immune function and greater peak milk production with a unique combination of antioxidants and polyphenols.

PROPEL® Technologies
PROPEL® Technologies

Propel® Technologies solve the energy challenge in fresh and lactating cow diets. They include three different palatable fat supplements for higher peaks, intake support, and increased milk and component yields.

Rally® Dairy Feed
Rally® Dairy Feed

Rally® Dairy Feed maximizes the use of carbohydrates and increases dietary energy. Use Rally® as a supplement to help cows transition from post–calving, handle heat stress and support milk production.

Warm Weather Ahead: Is Your Calf Starter on Par?

As the temperatures rise and we head into the summer months, it is important to remember that calves can face nutritional challenges in the summer months as well.   When temperatures rise...

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4 Tips to Reduce Variation in the Ration

The equipment that mixes the cows’ ration plays an integral role in the day-to-day operation of the farm - contributing significantly to a farms’ profitability. If the equipment is not...

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Master Milk Fat Depression

Depending upon how you’re paid for your milk – butterfat can add a significant amount to your milk check. Looking back to 2011, butterfat averaged $2.15 per hundredweight1, and that...

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How Much Will Heat Stress Cost You this Summer?

Heat stress is expensive. It is estimated that heat stress costs the dairy industry anywhere from $900 million1 to $5 billion2 each year depending upon the calculation used. The level of...

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3 Ways to Maximize Components

When it comes to optimizing a cow’s ration for milk components, there are three areas that dairy producers should focus on for maximum results. Too often people try to jump to amino acid...

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Help Calves Get Through the Cold Season

If you’re finding yourself putting on an extra layer of clothes, chances are your calves are already experiencing cold stress.   Calves under 3 weeks of age can begin feeling cold...

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Start Your Calves Out Right

Each stage of a calf’s nutritional program is important to ensuring a healthy and profitable calf crop. A sound and well-managed feeding program is critical after birth to allow a good...

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Is Your Herd’s Reproduction at Risk From the Heat?

When warm weather is on the horizon, it’s time to start monitoring the Temperature-Humidity Index (THI). The THI accounts for the combined effects of temperature and humidity to assess the...

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Keeping Cows Healthy During Transition

For a cow to achieve maximum peak milk, her internal systems need to be in optimum condition. The stress of the transition period can make this a challenge. Researchers are linking more health...

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Growth Benchmark Basics

Raising dairy replacement heifers is a significant investment for most dairy operations. Monitoring performance and making adjustments as an investment grows is a key to optimizing return on...

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Fresh Cows Must Hit their Peak

The transition period, 21 days before through 21 days after calving, is a challenging time for the dairy cow. Changes in pens, hormones, metabolism, rations and weather add stress, increasing a cow...

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How to Better Manage Rations

It’s not uncommon, when discussing rations to talk in terms of percentages. While these terms work well when discussing the ingredients themselves, they don’t provide much information...

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How to Spot Proper Feed Utilization

Many tools exist to evaluate the effectiveness of a dairy cow’s diet. But the final judge of how well a ration performs is the cow herself. We shouldn’t overlook the vast amount of...

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Evaluating Your Feeding Regiment

When looking for ways to improve milk production or components oftentimes the focus is placed on adjusting small items in the ration, like increasing grams of metabolizable protein or metabolizable...

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Managing Your Fly Population

With warm weather come flies. Not only are flies a nuisance to both animals and employees, they impact the health and well-being of the animal and cause economic losses that can last a lifetime...

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Reducing Stress in Calves

One of the many goals in raising calves is to provide a stress-free environment, which takes proactive management of the calves’ basic needs. These basic needs include: food and water...

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Using Lysine in Feed

The source of lysine in your ration, may or may not be something you’ve given serious consideration to. However, lysine is one of the first two limiting amino acids in a lactating cow’s...

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What to Know about Colostrum Replacer?

Feeding clean high-quality maternal colostrum is considered the gold standard for getting proper nutrients and antibodies into newborn calves. However, accessing maternal colostrum that is both...

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Understanding Calf Consumption

Feeding calves the correct amount of grain can be a challenge. Many calf raisers work with hundreds of calves that may vary in age from 1 day to 12 weeks old; all of which have different...

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Stretch Your Corn Farther, Boost Milk Production

What if you could stretch your corn supplies a bit further or increase milk production just by re-evaluating how fine your corn is ground? If corn is not ground properly, your herd could be losing...

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Communicating in the Calf Barn

Calf managers often focus on addressing sanitation, nutrition and general calf management concerns. But, how much time is really spent addressing employee-related issues? Could communication or the...

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Caring for your Cows in the Heat

Hot weather is just around the corner, if it’s not already starting to rear its ugly head in your part of the country. As we head into this time of year the biggest mistake you can make is to...

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Weather Condition Stress in Calves

Weather is one of the main factors affecting calf health. As summer heats up, young calves can experience stressful highs during the day, and chilly lows in the evenings, exposing them to...

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Avoid that Post-Weaning Growth Slump

Calves typically experience growth slumps after weaning for multiple reasons. One reason is a change in housing. After weaning, many dairymen introduce their heifers to group housing for the first...

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A New Era in Calf Nutrition

Dairy farmers today are entering a new era of calf nutrition. The research and knowledge base behind feeding calves and what the long-term impact calf nutrition has on milk production has grown...

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Winter Calf Barn Ventilation

Many calf barns rely on natural ventilation to provide clean, fresh air to calf pens. But, as the weather cools down and winter approaches, there can be a tendency to close the doors, windows and...

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5 Nutrition Strategies to Beat the Heat

The old adage is pay me now or pay me later, but when it comes to heat stress you could pay now and pay later if proper heat abatement steps aren’t taken. Before the summer heat sets in...

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How to Cool Dry Cows

It’s fairly common practice to operate fans and sprinklers to keep the lactating herd cool. But an often overlooked group of cows are the dry cows. According to National Animal Health...

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Tips to Achieve 30,000 Pounds of Milk Production

In order to achieve any goal, the first step is to believe that it is possible. Perhaps your dairy cow milk production is averaging 26,000 or 28,000 pounds of milk. That’s nothing to shake...

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A Cow-Side Investigation Into Cow Milk Production Potential

Every dairy is looking for opportunities to capture more milk and improve components, and my role is to assist in uncovering these opportunities. One particular herd that we work with asked me to...

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Will You Meet Your Calves’ Needs This Winter?

As the season starts to change, calves will begin to suffer from the cold sooner than one might think. Even at a temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit, cold stress can impact the growth and health...

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When It Comes to Calf Health, Get Back to the Basics

When calves get sick, producers tend to focus on the technical issues, but often, it can be everyday details that lead to calf health challenges. Bethany Fisher and Christie Underwood, Calf and...

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Rumen Development in Dairy Calves

The calf is born with a small, underdeveloped rumen compared to its other stomach compartments. The substrate or diet provided to the young, growing calf directly impacts the progress of rumen...

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Lessons from the Farm

What we’ve learned can help you care for your dairy cows and make everything run like clockwork.

Information from Our Dairy Experts

Animal experts at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center share their knowledge about dairy cows.

Q
At what temperature can cold stress impact the growth and health of dairy calves?
A
At a temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit we may be comfortable, but our calves start to divert energy away from growth and immune function to regulate body temperature. Calves become cold stressed at fairly moderate temperatures because they have a higher surface-area-to-bodyweight ratio than older animals.