Pat Hoffman – Goals of Raising Replacement Heifers

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Download a printable PDF Presentation Genomics is an emerging technology, and those using it are learning as they go. The application of genomics in a commercial herd makes the most sense with heifers and calves, said University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Pat Hoffman. Preparing a sample for a genomics test can be as simple as plucking a

Video: Beyond the Barn – A Global Perspective at Vita Plus Dairy Summit 2011

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Every once in a while, it’s beneficial to leave the farm and take in the big picture of the dairy industry.  More than 400 producers, industry partners and Vita Plus employee owners did just that at the recent Vita Plus Dairy Summit 2011. During his kick-off presentation, Al Gunderson, Vita Plus vice president of sales

Clear Communication Essential to Working with Custom Raisers

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
When a farm decides to send its calves to a custom raiser, it requires a lot of trust from both parties. Clear communication is essential to building that trust. J. Hall of Hall’s Calf Ranch works with more than 16 dairy farms and has about 4,000 calves onsite. With immense experience in calf raising, Hall

Beyond the Barn: Internships Critical to Career Success

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Maaike Verhaar was born in the Netherlands, but moved to the United States 14 years ago. Across the ocean, her family milked 30 cows, but the farm it owns today is a bit different. Today, Verhaar Dairy in Bad Axe, Mich. milks 2,150 with a total herd of 5,000. In about a month, Verhaar will

Beyond the Barn: Producer Peer Groups

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
When it comes to raising calves, what you know is directly related to who you know. Sandy Keller farms with her family at Kellercrest Registered Holsteins, Inc. in Mt. Horeb, Wis. The Kellers milk 300 cows with a total herd of 600 animals. They also do embryo work and contract bull studs. For the past