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.

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.

Virtual Farm Tour: Loehr Dairy LLC

Posted on October 26, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Joe Loehr of Loehr Dairy LLC believed he could adjust his pasteurized milk feeding program to improve calf health. As he reached for that goal, he also achieved better efficiency in the total calf raising program.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Self-Discipline and Calf Management

Posted on October 26, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland discusses the four components of self-discipline and how we can apply them to become better calf managers.

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

Posted on October 25, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

With Sara Schilling, Schilling Farms LLC
Sara Schilling of Schilling Farms LLC talks to us about her colostrum management protocols and describes her goals for giving calves the best start to life.

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.

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.

7 Ways to Save Money on Calf Starter – Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus

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

By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products manager
The best way to save on calf starter without sacrificing growth and performance is to limit waste.  These seven steps can help you save money on calf starter.

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

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

By Brittany Olson, contributing writer
Colostrum is concentrated with important nutrients, antibodies and growth hormones to help give a calf a healthy start to life.  Steele explained how providing quality colostrum early in a calf's life can help it take in nutrition and repel pathogens. 

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.

Prefresh heifers: A might not equal B – Pat Hoffman, Vita Plus

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

By Peggy Coffeen, Progressive Dairyman
Four common misconceptions exist when we think about prefresh heifers.  Hoffman addressed these misconceptions and challenged producers to dig deeper into these beliefs in order to better understand the unique needs of these animals. 

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.

You hold the power of calf nutrition quality control – Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus

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

By Brittany Olson, contributing writer
While cows crave routine in their daily lives, so do calves and heifers.  Hoskins spoke about the need to dial in on quality control for calf nutrition to help improve animal health and performance.

The Calf That Knew Her Cost of Gain

Posted on April 25, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock specialist
Feed cost per pound of gain is an important metric to know how to calculate and manipulate to optimize the value of your nursery calf feeding program.  Luckily, it is easy to calculate, if you know the right numbers.

Factors Altering Abomasal Emptying Rate

Posted on February 19, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock specialist
By understanding a calf's plumbing, specifically the abomasum, we can design feeding and management programs that fit the calf's abilities to digest milk, grow, and decrease opportunities for pathogens.