Are You Catching and Treating Dehydration Soon Enough?

Posted on November 8, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator Recognizing and treating dehydration is key to raising healthy calves. Calves will become dehydrated for many reasons, including summer heat and scours. If you can catch dehydration early, supplemental fluids can get the calf on the road to a quicker recovery. A calf’s body contains 75 to

Ask the Expert: Clostridium and its Prevention

Posted on November 8, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Dr. Neil Michael comes to Starting Strong with nearly 30 years of experience as a veterinarian specializing in dairy. He currently works as the director of dairy initiatives for Vita Plus. Q: “We have been experiencing more cases of bloat of sudden onset resulting in high mortality. Our vet says this is caused by clostridium.

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

First Colostrum, Then Vaccinations

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Today’s calf raisers have many vaccine options to give their calves a healthy start. However, those vaccines should never outrank high quality colostrum in priority. That’s according to Dr. Chris Chase with South Dakota State University. In his presentation during the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) Annual Business Conference, Chase explained the development of

Quality Assurance Applies to Dairy Too

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
When a heifer calf is born, you probably think about her potential as a good replacement in the milking herd. What you may not think about is how she will ultimately become a beef animal. Aerica Bjurstrom, University of Wisconsin-Extension agriculture agent in Kewaunee County, said it’s important for producers to keep Dairy Quality Assurance

Neo-Terra (NT) Regulations: Where Are We Now?

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator More than a year ago, calf raisers were notified that neomycin/oxytetracycline (NT) regulations for calf milk replacers were going to change. As of Oct. 2, 2010, milk replacers and supplements containing the previously-approved levels of NT had to be eliminated from the feed distribution channel and were

Ask the Expert: Maternity Facilities

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Dr. Neil Michael comes to Starting Strong with nearly 30 years of experience as a veterinarian specializing in dairy. He currently works as the Director of Dairy Initiatives for Vita Plus. Q:  What makes the ideal maternity facility? A:  Prior to birth, calves are well protected inside the uterus from bacterial, physical and temperature changes.

Improve Your Vaccination Program Before You Start

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Dairymen and calf raisers spend lots of time and money on vaccines. Vaccines are used by almost all producers, but there are many common questions that everyone wants to know: Which product is best? What dosage and injection site? What age should the calf be when vaccinated? These are common questions. Circulation of many opinions

Preventing Disease in Your Youngstock

Posted on November 3, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
From Sheila McGuirk, UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine Cold weather may be inconvenient in terms of calf jackets and frozen water, but it is great for limiting the microscopic bugs that make young calves sick. As the spring weather warms up, it’s important for producers to take a look at their calf care protocols and

Ask the Expert: Dr. Neil Michael

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Dr. Neil Michael comes to Starting Strong with nearly 30 years of experience as a veterinarian specializing in dairy. He currently works as the Director of Dairy Initiatives for Vita Plus. Q1: Is the incidence of Cocci prominent in pre-weaned calves?  With all the NT changes in milk replacers, we could use help sorting out

Take These Steps to Avoid Heat Stress in Calves

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
From Steve Hayes, DAY 1 Technology We may enjoy the warm summer months, but we can’t necessarily say the same for our calves. As temperatures rise, heat stress becomes an increasing concern for these young animals. Steve Hayes with DAY 1 Technology said heat stress can have several effects on calf health, including: Rapid dehydration

FAQ: New NT Milk Replacer Regulations

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Are you still in the process of learning how the NT milk replacer changes affect your operation?  Check out our answers to these frequently asked questions. Consult your local Vita Plus representative or dealer for help in determining the most desirable approach for dealing with the changes. What are the major changes to the regulations

Meeting the Gold Standards

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Do you ever wonder how your calves’ performance measures up against other calf raisers? The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) has established its Gold Standards to help producers set goals for calf performance and health. The Gold Standards are set for Holstein calves from birth to six months of age across the U.S.  They

Ask the Expert: Dr. Neil Michael

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Dr. Neil Michael comes to Starting Strong with nearly 30 years of experience as a veterinarian specializing in dairy.  He currently works as the Director of Dairy Initiatives for Vita Plus. Q1: Should I test calves for BVD PI status? BVD remains one of the most costly diseases in the U.S. cattle industry and is

Guard Calves Against Respiratory Disease

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
From Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator Respiratory disease is a leading cause of mortality in calves under six months of age. In addition to death loss, respiratory disease causes other economic losses, such as high treatment costs, reduced growth rate, delayed calving and increased culling. Respiratory disease is an infection caused by inflammation