VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Winter is Coming

Posted on October 28, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, reminds us that these beautiful fall days may be drawing to a close as winter approaches.  That means it's time to get our calves ready for dropping temperatures and other cold-weather challenges. Visit our YouTube channel for more Calf Chat segments.

Video: Calf Chat with Noah – Emerging Calf Research

Posted on August 27, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland shares a recap of exciting calf and heifer research presented at this summer's American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) meeting.  The Joint Annual Meeting brings together leading researchers from ADSA and the American Society of Animal Science. Visit our YouTube channel for more Calf Chat segments.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Sharing Your Farm with Visitors

Posted on June 25, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Many dairy producers hosted and helped at dairy breakfasts and other promotional events throughout June Dairy Month.  But that doesn't mean you can only share your farm's story during one month of the year.  In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins shares a few tips to prepare your farm for visitors. Visit our YouTube

Video: Calf Chat with Noah – Feeding More Milk

Posted on April 28, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Many calf programs have begun feeding to a higher plane of nutrition. While this can prove valuable in terms of calf performance, several constraints can hinder these kinds of milk feeding programs. Dr. Noah Litherland shares several tips to best manage your milk feeding strategy. Visit our YouTube channel for more segments of Starting Strong

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Fitting a Calf Jacket

Posted on February 26, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Calf jackets are an easy way to help young animals take on cold weather.  Correctly fitting and adjusting these jackets is key to animal comfort and jacket effectiveness.  In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, walks through the basic steps of selecting and fitting a calf jacket.  Special thanks

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – First Winter in a New Barn

Posted on December 19, 2014 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Many calf barns went up this summer in response to last winter’s polar vortexes.  That means many of you are now working out a few kinks in the new systems as you aim to raise healthy calves.  In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, shares a few tips for

Video: Calf Chat with Noah – Managing Low Colostrum Yields

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland describes the challenge of low colostrum yields typically observed in the autumn months. He also shares tips for measuring colostrum quality and managing your colostrum program.  Visit our YouTube channel for more Calf Chat segments.

Video: Calf Chat with Noah – Boosting Starter Intake

Posted on August 22, 2014 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland describes the "magical" effects starter intake can have on calf health and performance.  He shares five factors that affect intakes as well as three tips to boost intakes in your calves.  Visit our YouTube channel for more Calf Chat segments.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Growing Tomorrow’s Herd at Calf Summit 2014

Posted on April 28, 2014 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat, Ann welcomes you to join us for Calf Summit 2014.  Network with your fellow calf raisers, learn what's on the cutting edge of calf research, and take home practical advice for your calf program.  Talk to your Vita Plus consultant or dealer for registration details.  Visit our

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – A Higher Plane of Nutrition

Posted on February 28, 2014 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat, Ann explains the basics of a higher plane of nutrition and how essential these feeding programs have been during this winter's frigid temperatures.  Visit our YouTube channel for more Calf Chat segments.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Your Calf Team’s Winter Gear

Posted on December 20, 2013 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat, Ann takes us on a shopping trip to share her favorite items for dealing with cold and wet winter weather.  Thanks to our friends at Blain's Farm & Fleet for hosting us.  Visit our YouTube channel for more Calf Chat segments.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Calves Ready For Winter?

Posted on October 27, 2013 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Calf Chat, we get ready for the cold months coming our way.  Ann reminds us to add energy to liquid feeding programs, get out the calf jackets, and provide deep bedding for nesting.   Visit our YouTube channel for more Calf Chat segments.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Getting Rid of the Bugs

Posted on August 29, 2013 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat, Ann reminds us that it's been a perfect growing season for the bad bugs on the farm.  Let's make sure we do a great job of cleaning all calf equipment - especially feeding equipment - to keep calves healthy.  Visit our YouTube channel for more Calf Chat

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Keep Calves Cool

Posted on June 26, 2013 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat, we're focusing on keeping calves cool as temperatures get hot.  Remember the basics: water, clean and dry bedding, and good ventilation.  Visit our YouTube channel for more Calf Chat segments.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Cleaning Up

Posted on April 10, 2013 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
  In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat, we're looking to summer as the temperature slowly begins to rise.  It's time to do some good spring cleaning and that includes pails, bottles, hutches, calf jackets and more.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Are You Taking Care of Your Team Too?

Posted on February 26, 2013 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat, Ann reminds us that while calves are always a top priority, we need to take care of our people too.  What can you do to boost safety and efficiency and provide a comfortable working environment for your team?