Calf Chat with Ann: Are You Ready for Winter?

Posted on December 26, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat, Ann reminds us that winter is here and that means we need to take another look at our winter calf protocols, including nutrition, bedding, snow removal and calf jackets.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Transition Barns

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Because they often require much less maintenance than baby calves, it can be easy to overlook transition calves when they move to group pens. However, you could be missing out on performance and health of these animals. In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann reminds us of the areas we should review frequently to make

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Managing Calves After a Warm Winter

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
The warm winter certainly made for nice conditions for calf raisers, but it will add some challenges for calf managers this summer. In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann explores what calf management practices to focus on without a winter kill of bacteria.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Warm Winter Challenges

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
It has certainly been an unseasonably warm winter for most of us. Although the warmer temperatures make it more enjoyable to work outdoors, it too comes with its fair share of challenges. In this edition, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, explores the changes you may need to make to your protocols for things

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Employees’ Winter Environment

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
We're taking a different approach with this edition of Vita Plus Starting Strong Calf Chat with Ann. Instead of focusing on calves, we're going to take a moment to focus on people and the steps you can take to ensure your calf care team has a safe and comfortable environment to work in as the

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Saying Goodbye to the Warm Days

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat with Ann, we're reminded that chilly temperatures and lots of snow will be coming our way soon. Ann covers the basics of bedding, nutrition and more as we look to winter.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Managing Summer, Preparing for Fall

Posted on November 8, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong Calf Chat with Ann, we consider the management changes we'll need to implement as we move into fall while still controlling summertime heat and ventilation.

Calf Chat with Ann: Keeping Calves Cool

Posted on November 8, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
We talk a lot about cold stress in calves, but heat stress can be equally hard on your calves. In this edition of Vita Plus Starting Strong Calf Chat, Ann explores several management strategies to keep calves cool in the summertime.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Fly Control

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
You never want to be behind when it comes to good fly control. In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann discusses products and management strategies to take on summer's pests.

Calf Chat with Ann – Autofeeders

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Calf Chat with Ann, we'll take a look at autofeeders and the questions you need to ask before pursuing this technology on your calf operation. For examples from farms currently using autofeeders, follow the link at the bottom of this page and check out the virtual farm tour from August 2010.

Video: Calf Chat with Ann: Winter Calf Care

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
 In this edition of the Vita Plus Starting Strong - Calf Chat with Ann, we take a look at winter programs and polish up on the details that can make all the difference and get your calves off to the strongest start possible.

Ann’s Calf Care Comment – Cold Weather Tips

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
From Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator As 2009 draws to a close, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on what I’ve been seeing in the calf care industry. Throughout my travels, I’ve added an extra 40,000 miles to my odometer as I’ve visited 200 operations to work with producers and help get their

Calf Chat with Ann – Winter Programs and a Look to Spring

Posted on November 4, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
From Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator We are still dealing with winter and as I drive across the countryside, I see everyone’s winter programs in full strength.  It is important to maintain your winter feeding programs until the temperatures are more consistent and we are hitting 50 degrees on a regular basis. Keep

Calf Chat with Ann – Spring Is Here!

Posted on November 3, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
  From Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator Hi and welcome to this edition of Starting Strong and Calf Chat. Spring is here, the flowers are in bloom and the calves are as happy as can be as I drive my way across the Midwest. It has been a great spring for calves; dry

Calf Chat with Ann – Taking on Summer

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
From Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator Hi and welcome to this edition of Starting Strong and Calf Chat. It has been quite the kick-off to summer with lots of rain and hot, humid days.  This sure does throw a wrench into raising calves.  To help to combat Mother Nature, make sure you are

Calf Chat with Ann – Taking on Summer

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
From Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator Hi and welcome to this edition of Starting Strong and Calf Chat. It has been quite the kick-off to summer with lots of rain and hot, humid days.  This sure does throw a wrench into raising calves.  To help to combat Mother Nature, make sure you are