VIDEO: Calf chat with Lucas – 3 critical components of fly control

Posted on July 28, 2022 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Lucas Mitchell shares the three critical components of an integrated pest management (IPM) plan to reduce flies - and the stress and disease they can cause - in your youngstock operation.

Calf chat with Ann (video): What affects passive transfer?

Posted on April 13, 2022 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf program manager, discusses the factors that affect passive transfer beyond how much IgG is fed to the calf.

Calf chat with Lucas: Feeding water in winter

Posted on February 10, 2022 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition, Dr. Lucas Mitchell, Vita Plus dairy calf and heifer specialist, discusses water's role in calf health and growth, and suggests strategies to efficiently provide water in the winter. Visit our YouTube channel for more calf chat segments.

Calf chat with Ann: Keeping tabs on your pasteurizer

Posted on December 17, 2021 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf program manager, walks us through two simple strategies to ensure your high-temp or batch pasteurizer is doing the job it is meant to do.

VIDEO: Calf chat with Noah – Uncommon cause of loose manure

Posted on October 8, 2021 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland, dairy technical services specialist, shares his recent experience of working with a herd veterinarian to identify an uncommon cause of loose manure.  Visit our YouTube channel for more editions of Calf Chat.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Lucas – Cool dry cows

Posted on July 22, 2021 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
 In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Lucas Mitchell explains how heat stress on the dry cow impacts the future growth and performance of her calf. Visit our YouTube channel for more segments of Calf Chat.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Barn-building Questions

Posted on June 3, 2021 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Are you considering remodeling or building new calf facilities? In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins provides initial questions to consider as you decide what facilities best fit your operation.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Lucas – Spring Calf Care Checklist

Posted on March 2, 2021 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Lucas Mitchell provides his spring calf care checklist to help calf raisers prepare equipment and facilities for the upcoming change in seasons.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Understanding a Milk Replacer Tag

Posted on January 28, 2021 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland discusses common milk replacer ingredients and how to read a milk replacer tag.

VIDEO: Calf Chat Roundtable – A Calf’s Holiday Wishlist

Posted on November 23, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, the Vita Plus calf team hosts a roundtable to discuss your calf's "holiday wishlist" and what they need to thrive during this time of the year.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – When Colostrum Runs Short

Posted on September 18, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins discusses colostrum slumps and what calf raisers can do when enough quality colostrum isn't readily available.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Dry Cow Heat Stress and the Calves

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

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland discusses the effects dry cow heat stress has on calf health and performance.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Mixing Colostrum Replacer

Posted on May 27, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins demonstrates how to properly mix colostrum replacer and introduces the new Vita Plus SerPass 150 and 200 colostrum replacers.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Ventilation and Season Changes

Posted on March 26, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland discusses the goals of ventilation systems and how seasonal changes can influence those goals.  

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.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Current Calf Research

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

In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins talks with Dr. Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor and extension specialist in animal welfare, and Kim Reuscher, a dairy science graduate student, about current research projects involving calf hutches and ventilation.  One quick and affordable option for improving hutch ventilation is to install Calf-Tel's calf hutch vent covers, as shown in the video.