VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Walking Transition Heifers

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

In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins walks transition heifers with Shawn Miller, Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy calf manager, and shares the steps his team takes when transition calves get sick.

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: Calf Chat with Ann – Consistent Milk Replacer Mixing

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

In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins discusses proper milk replacer mixing and what you can do to ensure everyone on your team mixes the same consistency.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Lactose Feeding Rates

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

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist, explains how lactose acts as a natural laxative and how different feeding rates can impact calf manure consistency. 

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – 7 Winter Newborn Calf Tips

Posted on December 27, 2017 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

With Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator
Cold temperatures are especially tough on newborn calves. In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, provides seven tips to give newborn calves the best start possible.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Weaning Strategies

Posted on October 25, 2017 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist, suggests weaning strategies based on the amount of milk fed. 

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Kill the Flies

Posted on August 23, 2017 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

This summer's weather has led to a bumper crop of flies.  In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, shares tips to limit the population through fall and prevent further fly issues in the the spring. 

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Heat Stress Tips

Posted on June 20, 2017 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Midwest calf raisers have already experienced a big bout of hot, humid weather and heat stress in their animals this summer.  In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist, shares his top 10 tips to keep calves healthy when temperatures rise.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – DCHA Conference Highlights

Posted on April 20, 2017 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

The recent Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Conference provided attendees with new research and trends in the dairy industry.  In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, shares a few of her highlights from the event.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Overcrowding Challenges

Posted on February 23, 2017 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

We're seeing some overcrowding in heifer facilities right now, which can lead to health challenges if management protocols slip a bit.  Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist, discusses some of the things you can do to keep your calves healthy through environmental challenges.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Staying Warm

Posted on December 21, 2016 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

No more avoiding it...winter is here!  In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, discusses a few of the things you can do to keep calves warm, comfortable and healthy as you work through the winter months.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Battling Salmonella

Posted on November 21, 2016 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Many calf raisers have been battling Salmonella challenges during the warm and wet autumn.  In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist, discusses the factors that lead to Salmonella as well as some ways to help calves fight back.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Heat Stress in Calves

Posted on August 26, 2016 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Fall is approaching, but the temperatures are still high.  In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf product coordinator, discusses the simple things you can do to manage your calves through summer heat stress.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Preparing for VFDs

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist, shares some alternatives you might consider when feeding calves as the new VFD rules are implemented.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Transitioning Calves Smoothly

Posted on February 17, 2016 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf product coordinator, walks us through the steps of successfully transitioning calves from individual hutches or pens to group housing.  Limiting the number of stressors calves face at any given time is key.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Battling Respiratory Challenges

Posted on December 21, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist, addresses the respiratory challenges we've seen in calves during our recent wet, warm weather. He shares some tips you can use to keep your calves healthy as we head into winter.  Visit our YouTube channel for more Calf Chat segments.