Calf Care Checklist: 5 Ways to Get Starter in Front of Calves

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

By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator
Consistently delivering fresh starter and getting calves to eat it can be a hassle. Here are five ways to get starter in front of calves. 

Virtual Farm Tour: Sunrise Dairy LLC

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

The calf program at Sunrise Dairy LLC in Suring, Wisconsin, has changed a lot in the 10 years Kayla Hischke has managed the youngstock program. From housing young calves in a calf barn instead of the dairy's old stone barn, to sending heifers to a Nebraskan custom raiser, the team has found ways to innovate and raise calves throughout the changes.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Winter Calf Processing

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

In this edition of A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Brianna Hackbarth, a calf manager at Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm Inc., walks us through the farm's winter calf processing procedures.

Dialing in Calf Starter Protein Concentration

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

By Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist
Dr. Noah Litherland explores the protein requirements of the growing calf and what role calf starter can play in reaching growth goals.

Calf Care Checklist: 7 Ways to Keep Milk Warm Before you Feed It

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

By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator
It is critical for calves to receive milk between 100 and 105 degrees F, but this can be challenging during the winter. Try any of these seven ways to keep milk warm before you feed it.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Benchmarking

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

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland discusses three benchmarks for successful calf raising and why they matter.

Supporting Calf Immunity in the First Weeks of Life

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

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus calf and heifer specialist
Colostrum is one of the best ways to ensure adequate transfer of immunity from the dam to the calf. However, when a calf doesn't receive enough immune protection, it can be vulnerable to health challenges.

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.

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: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Colostrum Protocols

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

Maria Poock with Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm Inc. walks us through the calf team's colostrum management protocols, including harvesting, testing, storing and tube-feeding colostrum.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Calf Starter Particle Size

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

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist, discusses calf starter particle size and how important it is to minimize the amount of fines to maximize calf performance.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Meet Heidi Fischer, Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm, Inc.

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

With Heidi Fischer, Fischer-Clark Dairy Farms, Inc.
We're pleased to introduce Heidi Fischer and the Fischer-Clark Dairy team in Hatley, Wisconsin.  Throughout 2019, Heidi will share her calf program and experiences with us. Visit our YouTube channel for more segments of A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser.

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.

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

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

With Sara Schilling, Schilling Farms LLC
Sara Schilling of Schilling Farms LLC walks us through the farm's morning feeding protocols. Thank you to Sara and her team for sharing their farm and calf raising strategies with us throughout 2018.