Video: Calf Care Quick Tip – Saving Grain in the Rain

Posted on April 10, 2013 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
You hate to waste grain and throw it out after the rain hits it.  This Quick Tip provides and easy strategy to keep that from happening.

Ask the Expert: Spring – A Change of the Seasons – Dr. Jeff Acker, Veterinary Services of Wisconsin, LLC

Posted on April 10, 2013 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Dr. Jeff Acker, Veterinary Services of Wisconsin, LLC Q: As we switch from winter to summer protocols, what should be our top priorities for getting calves ready for a new season? A:  Spring is the season of the most dramatic climate changes of the year.  This past winter was rather long, but also stable

Calf Care Quick Tip: Moving Hutch Panels for Snow Removal

Posted on December 26, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
 Shoveling out calf hutches after a big snow storm is never fun.  Here's how you can speed up the snow removal process.

Ask the Expert: Calf Warming Boxes – Dr. Owen Mickley

Posted on December 26, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Dr. Owen Mickley, DVM, Vita Plus dairy specialist Q:  We have been looking at using a calf warmer for our newborns.  What are the pros and cons? A:  Calf warming boxes provide an opportunity to enhance the first few critical hours in a calf’s life.  The major benefit of preventing the calf from losing

Calf Care Quick Tip: Storing Calf Supplies

Posted on November 13, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Basic sanitation practices go a long way in helping you limit the disease pressure calves experience. When it comes to storing calf supplies, follow these simple guidelines and you'll be on your way to a clean, healthy environment for your calves: Make it easy: All of your supplies should be easy to reach and easy

Calf Care Quick Tip: Keep Grain Pails Dry

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
It's mid-morning and the rain clouds are approaching. Your calves' starter and water pails sit outside the hutch. You know most of the calves still have a little grain left in their pails. You hate to throw it out and waste feed, but you know you can't leave it in the rain or you'll have

Calf Care Quick Tip: Car Seats for Calves

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
On many dairies, calves are moved at least once to separate rearing facilities. Since we can’t buckle up baby calves in car seats, we have to find other ways to ensure the animals arrive safely and in good health.  As outlined in the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association’s Gold Standards III, here are some tips

Heat Lamps: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Long, cold winters are hard on everyone and it is always a constant struggle to keep vital areas of your dairy operation warm. One of these important pieces is baby calves. Many people rely on heat lamps to keep newborn calves from catching a chill once they are born. But, are heat lamps really a

Cali the Calf’s Christmas Wish List

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator I recently had a very interesting discussion with a producer’s calf, and she asked if she could share her “Dear Santa” letter with me. Brought to you right from Cali the Calf: Dear Santa, Santa, I have been very good this year. I drink my milk and

Calf Care Quick Tip: Calves Keep Growing

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
We track growth when we’re looking at calf performance, but it sometimes slips our mind when it comes to the simple things. Remember, calves grow quickly and the calf jackets and collars (for autofeeders, tethering, etc.) they received on day 1 might not fit as nicely a couple of weeks later. Once a week, make

Video: Calf Care Quick Tip – Washing Pails

Posted on November 8, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
With this Starting Strong Quick Tip, we're challenging calf raisers to get creative when choosing the tools that will increase efficiency and optimize calf care. J. Hall of Hall's Calf Ranch did that when he custom-designed this pail washer. Have a cool tool you designed for your farm?  Tell us about it!