Dr. Julian “Skip” Olson, Milk Products, LLC – Animal Welfare Audit: What to Expect

Posted on July 2, 2014 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Click to download the PowerPoint presentation Written by Peggy Coffeen, Progressive Dairyman With nearly 90 percent of consumers indicating that animal welfare is a concern, dairy producers must communicate their efforts to uphold the highest standards of care, and an animal welfare audit is one way to achieve this. “With few exceptions, farmers do a

Dr. Harry Momont, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Calving 101: Everyone Gets Out Alive

Posted on July 2, 2014 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Article written by Peggy Coffeen, Progressive Dairyman When it comes to calving, the biggest question is when to intervene, according to Dr. Harry Momont, DVM, with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. How to intervene runs a close second. When to intervene? Momont suggested a structured approach when it comes to deciding whether

Coccidiosis in Calves and Heifers – Dr. David Carlson, Elanco Animal Health

Posted on August 29, 2013 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Dr. David Carlson, Elanco Animal Health Coccidiosis is an infection of the large and small intestines caused by protozoan parasites.  Coccidiosis is a costly disease with an estimated worldwide economic impact of $400 million annually due to death loss and veterinary costs associated with clinical infection.  This estimate of economic impact does not include

Reduce Stress When You Dehorn – Dr. Amy Stanton, UW-Madison

Posted on February 26, 2013 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
With Dr. Amy Stanton, University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Science assistant professor and animal wellbeing specialist Calf raisers understand the importance of reducing stress to the calf, especially during its first few months of life.  The less energy a calf must spend dealing with stress, the more energy it can put toward healthy development and growth.

Give Your Transition Barns Some Attention Too

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator Transitioning a calf from its individual pen to a group pen can be very stressful. We always say three strikes and you’re out. That can really hit home for your transition calves. Stressors that can affect these animals are new location, socializing, feed change, locating feed and

Dr. Sheila McGuirk – Wet Lab: Live Daignostics & Calf Handling

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
University of Wisconsin-Madison veterinarian Sheila McGuirk has several helpful hints when handling calves, particularly in stressful situations for youngstock, such as dehorning and vaccinations. She kicked off her wet lab presentation at Vita Plus Calf Summit by evaluating an animal for respiratory disease. She advised growers to look for the following symptoms, and if they

Dr. Alex Bach – Managing & Grouping Calves for Optimal Health Performance

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Download a printable PDF Presentation Adequately taking care of your calves and heifers today is important because they will be influencing the milking herd’s performance in 2014. It seems as though most farmers don't spend enough time focusing on the calves and heifers, and spend most of their time dealing with the milk producing cows,

Dr. Paul Rapnicki – Animal Stockmanship

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Download a printable PDF Presentation Animal stockmanship is important to ensure animals are cared for in the safest way. Dr. Paul Rapnicki, University of Minnesota, said his goal for stockmanship is to reconnect the dairy industry through employees, vets, herdsmen and more. Communication is the key to efficient and safe animal handling. Rapnicki said many

Calf Resuscitation: What You Need to Know

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Once you have successfully helped deliver a newborn calf, the most important thing is to identify if the calf is breathing and behaving normally. Initially, you may be concerned about an unresponsive calf, but it can be resuscitated through several different methods according to Dr. Sheila McGuirk from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary

Calf Care Quick Tip: Car Seats for Calves

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
On many dairies, calves are moved at least once to separate rearing facilities. Since we can’t buckle up baby calves in car seats, we have to find other ways to ensure the animals arrive safely and in good health.  As outlined in the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association’s Gold Standards III, here are some tips

Quick Tip: Vaccinating in the Summer

Posted on November 8, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Summer time stressors like high heat and humidity can reduce a calf’s response to vaccines. Sam Leadly, calf and heifer management specialist with Attica Veterinary Associates, offers these tips for vaccinating in the summer: Vaccinate early in the morning when heat stress is lowest. Keep vaccines out of direct sunlight. Keep vaccines cool by putting