Veterinarian’s Corner: Colostrum Hygiene

Posted on May 27, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Kevin Ratka, Vita Plus dairy specialist
When it comes to colostrum quality, it is not only the amount of antibodies present in the colostrum that matters, but also the hygiene of the colostrum being fed. Colostrum needs to be clean to achieve healthy calves.

Veterinarian’s Corner: Infected Joints and Maternity Management Shortfalls

Posted on March 25, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Alta Genetics associate veterinarian
Failure to provide a clean, well-managed maternity area can lead to calves ingesting manure laden with E. coli, which can then travel to and infect the bloodstream. This is can lead to infection in one or multiple joints.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Winter Calf Care

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins visits Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy to discuss their winter calf care protocols and "neonatal intensive care unit." 

Keeping Useful Computer Calf Records

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Jon Rasmussen, Vita Plus dairy technology specialist
As computer herd management programs improve, calf raisers have the opportunity to define what information needs to be recorded that can help treat calves and identify strategies for improvement.

Veterinarian’s Corner: Enhancing Gut Immune Function to Prevent Calf Respiratory Disease

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus calf and heifer specialist
The past two years have both been wet years, which is often associated with an increased risk for bovine respiratory disease in cattle of all ages. Consider these strategies to improve gut health and overall immune function.

Calf Care Checklist: 5 Ways to Protect Vaccine Quality

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus calf and heifer specialist
Vaccines are an important part of any calf raising program, however, we may not be handling them correctly to get the most out of them. Here are five ways to protect vaccine quality. 

Veterinarian’s Corner: Lung Ultrasound – Another Tool to Combat Calf Pneumonia

Posted on November 13, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Kendra Wells, Valley Veterinary Clinic
Diagnosing pneumonia can be difficult because most cases are subclinical. However, using an ultrasound can help view lung lesions and lead to an effective monitoring program.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey Helps Explore Dairy Calf Care Practices

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison animal welfare extension specialist
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and extension educators are seeking U.S. dairy producers or calf raisers, along with bovine veterinary practitioners, to participate in an online survey as part of a study on animal care practices for preweaned dairy calves. Participating producers can choose to enter a random drawing to win a refractometer and $100 Vita Plus gift voucher or other prize. 

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Calf Feeding Procedures

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Mikayla Bullman, the Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm Inc. calf feeder, discusses the farm's calf feeding procedures and takes us along with her as she feeds calves.

5 Things You Should Know About Prebiotics and Probiotics

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus calf and heifer specialist
Pre- and probiotics are now fairly common in the livestock industry. To gain a better understanding of these feed additives, we answered five common questions for you.

Veterinarian’s Corner: 5 Things Veterinarians Wished You Knew About Them

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Lindley Reilly, Cedar Grove Veterinary Services
Have you ever wished you could read your veterinarian's mind? You can start here with the five things veterinarians wished you knew about them.

Virtual Farm Tour: Dolph Dairy LLC

Posted on May 21, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

The chore list on a dairy farm is seemingly endless and everchanging, yet cows and calves do best with consistent care. The team at Dolph Dairy LLC in Lake Mills, Wisconsin has designed a system that gives each fresh cow, newborn, and preweaned calf the attention and consistency needed to thrive.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Jenn – Biosecurity and the Maternity Pen

Posted on May 21, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Jenn Rowntree walks us through the importance of biosecurity protocols within the maternity pen to give calves the best start to life.

What is Your Maternity Gameplan? – Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus

Posted on May 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist
Successful maternity programs directly impact the present and future state of the herd. These pre- and post-calving protocols have effectively improved cow and calf health.

Veterinarian’s Corner: Disbud Calves Young – Dr. John Ambrosy, Waunakee Veterinary Service

Posted on May 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. John Ambrosy, Waunakee Veterinary Service DVM
Until the dairy industry moves toward polled genetics and we never have to disbud/dehorn calves again, farms must have set standards and protocols to safely and humanely disbud calves with pain mitigation strategies.

Calf Care Checklist: 5 Checkpoints for Summer Ventilation – Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus

Posted on May 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator
Good ventilation can go a long way in promoting calf health, and these five checkpoints can help ensure your ventilation system is ready to meet your calves' needs this summer.