Build the Gut for a Stress-Free Transition – Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus

Posted on March 18, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

​By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus calf and heifer specialist
Building a functional rumen is important for a calf to be a successful producer later in life. In addition to offering starter grain and water, here are several other guidelines to ensure proper rumen development preweaning.

Veterinarian’s Corner: Manage Calf Barn Ventilation During Temperature Swings – Courtney Halbach, The Dairyland Initiative

Posted on March 18, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Courtney Halbach, The Dairyland Initiative associate outreach specialist
Air quality is important to ensure calf health.  With spring being a tricky time to manage ventilation in calf and heifer barns, use these recommendations to make sure your ventilation systems are ready for the seasons ahead.

Calf Care Checklist: 7 Supplies to Stock in Your Maternity Area – Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus

Posted on March 18, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator
Keeping a well-stocked maternity pen with these 7 must-have items can help give calves a successful start to life.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Walking Transition Heifers

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

In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins walks transition heifers with Shawn Miller, Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy calf manager, and shares the steps his team takes when transition calves get sick.

Drive Calf Growth with Energy Balance – Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus

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

By Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist
Energy balance is the net effect of energy intake and energy use. Weight gain and loss are direct reflections of a shift in energy balance.

Veterinarian’s Corner: 5 Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian – Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus

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

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus calf and heifer specialist
Your relationship with your veterinarian is very important when it comes to creating a successful calf-rearing program. To improve efficiency and make sure you both are on the same page, you should ask your vet these questions.

11 Calf Care Resolutions to Keep This Year – Vita Plus Calf Team

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

By the Vita Plus Calf Team
A new year is the perfect time to review calf care protocols and set goals for what you can do better in the year ahead.  Here are 11 calf care resolutions you should keep this year to help raise healthy calves.

10 Maternity Must-Haves – Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus

Posted on October 24, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator
These 10 must-have items can help you give your calves the best start possible in the maternity pen.

Veterinarian’s Corner: Clostridium perfringens and Abomasal Bloat – Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus

Posted on October 24, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus calf and heifer specialist
Sudden death in a healthy calf can be due to any number of causes, however, Clostridium perfringens rises to the top of the list, especially when abomasal bloat is involved.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Jenn – Calf Equipment Cleaning Protocols

Posted on August 29, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Jenn Rowntree walks through the proper steps to clean and sanitize all calf care equipment.

Impact of Gestation Length on Calf Performance – Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus

Posted on August 24, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock specialist
Environment can have a significant impact on an animal's performance, including effects on gestation length and subsequent calf performance.

Veterinarian’s Corner: Dealing with Scours – Dr. Peter Strassburg, Lodi Veterinary Clinic

Posted on August 24, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Peter Strassburg, Lodi Veterinary Clinic
Calf diarrhea is a common and very frustrating problem when raising calves.  Identifying scours early can help you decide on a treatment plan and increase your odds of treatment success.

Guts and bugs: The good, the bad, the ugly – Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus

Posted on June 28, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Jenna Hurty-Person, Progressive Dairyman
A healthy gut in baby calves is important to give them the best start to life possible.  Rowntree explained why a healthy gut is important and shared what you can do to help develop it.

Taking the inside-out approach to growing calves – Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus

Posted on June 28, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Calves don't become productive members of the milking herd overnight.  They need to be "grown from the inside out" with proper nutrition to develop their GI tract and digestive processes to ensure efficient growth.

Built to last: Long-term effects of heifer rearing environments on hoof health – Travis Busman, Sure Step Consulting International, LLC

Posted on June 28, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Peggy Coffeen, Progressive Dairyman
When it comes to hoof health, most problems have started long before the animals enter the milking herd.  In Busman's experience, he sees many problems stem from sand-bedded heifer facilities. 

Nutritional regulation of gastrointestinal function in calves post-weaning – Dr. Michael Steele, University of Alberta

Posted on June 28, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Brittany Olson, contributing writer
Going from life as a monogastric animal to a ruminating animal is one of the most significant changes in a calf's life.  How she transitions sets the stage for her future growth and development.