Virtual Farm Tour: Dolph Dairy LLC

Posted on May 21, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

The chore list on a dairy farm is seemingly endless and everchanging, yet cows and calves do best with consistent care. The team at Dolph Dairy LLC in Lake Mills, Wisconsin has designed a system that gives each fresh cow, newborn, and preweaned calf the attention and consistency needed to thrive.

Virtual Farm Tour: Hasel Farms

Posted on March 18, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

When the team at Hasel Farms was researching autofeeders in 2010, they had to travel more than 200 miles to tour facilities because the technology was so new.  However, the opportunity to reduce labor demands made the decision easy and the Hasels moved calves into their own autofeeder barn in October 2011.

Virtual Farm Tour: River Crest Dairy, LLC

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

The team at River Crest Dairy, LLC in Greenwood, Wisconsin knew they could improve calf performance with better ventilation and housing. In the fall of 2017, nursery calves and preweaned heifers moved into a new custom-designed barn, and the team couldn't be happier with the results they've seen so far.

Virtual Farm Tour: Loehr Dairy LLC

Posted on October 26, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Joe Loehr of Loehr Dairy LLC believed he could adjust his pasteurized milk feeding program to improve calf health. As he reached for that goal, he also achieved better efficiency in the total calf raising program.

Virtual Farm Tour: Elm-Roc Dairy

Posted on August 24, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Dairy farming is a passion for the Luchterhand family of Elm-Roc Dairy near Loyal, Wisconsin, and the showring is the place they share that passion with others. 

Vita Plus Calf Summit Preconference Farm School: Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy

Posted on June 28, 2018 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee, Wisconsin is the largest family-owned dairy farm in Wisconsin.  They milk 5,400 cows and raise around 3,300 calves at their calf ranch.  Attendees of the Vita Plus Calf Summit Preconference Farm School had the opportunity to tour different areas of the farm and learn from members of the Pagel's team and other industry experts.

Virtual Farm Tour: City Slickers Farm, LLC

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

The first Virtual Farm Tour hit inboxes in 2010 and featured City Slickers Farm, LLC.  While the commitment to excellent calf care remains the cornerstone of the farm, the scope of their operation has changed considerably.

Virtual Farm Tour: Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm, Inc.

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

Heidi Fischer and the team at Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm, Inc. in Hatley, Wisconsin had plans to build a new autofeeder calf barn, but they chose to modify the current barn to house four rows of individual pens instead.  They now focus on organization and communication to successfully grow healthy calves. 

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Meet Sara Schilling, Schilling Farms LLC

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

We're pleased to introduce Sara Schilling and the Schilling Farms dairy team in Darlington, Wisconsin.  Throughout 2018, Sara will share her calf program and experiences with us.

Virtual Farm Tour: Prairie Dairy

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

Rachelle Krienke has two major goals for her calves:  She wants them to be as healthy as possible and she wants to see good body condition at weaning.  She has designed a system that allows her to consistently reach both goals for her farm’s replacement heifers.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Adding onto the Calf Barn

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

With Jonathon Hallock, MarBec Dairy
Jonathon Hallock, MarBec Dairy, shares some of the features of his recently completed calf barn addition as well as some of the challenges he encountered through the process.  Thank you to Jonathon for sharing his farm and calf raising strategies with us throughout 2017. 

Virtual Farm Tour: JDR Farms, LLC

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

Since installing autofeeders in 2015, JDR Farms, LLC in Marlette, Michigan has enjoyed a more flexible chore schedule.  But the team still makes sure they invest the time each day to observe calves and clean equipment to consistently raise healthy calves.

Virtual Farm Tour: Pfaffsway Farms

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

Healthy cows make healthy calves at Pfaffsway Farms
Raising strong, healthy calves doesn’t start on day one at Pfaffsway Farms in Alma Center, Wisconsin.  According to the Pfaff family, it starts a long time before then.

Virtual Farm Tour: McClellan Farms, Inc.

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

‘No-drama Calf Raising’ at McClellan Farms, Inc.
Tom McClellan is a fourth-generation owner of McClellan Farms, Inc. in Delavan, Wisconsin, where they currently milk 480 cows and average 90 pounds of milk per cow per day.  This level of production begins with successful calf care and McClellan believes in “no-drama calf raising” through a slow and deliberate program that starts in the calving pen.

Virtual Farm Tour: Schilling Farms LLC

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

Schilling Farms LLC Achieves Performance Goals with Calves Back Home

Developing and sticking to calf care protocols is the name of the game for Schilling Farms LLC in Darlington, Wisconsin. 

For 10 years, the farm sent all nursery calves to a custom grower before bringing them all back home within a two-week span in 2011.  The team established as many protocols as possible to “get it right from the start” and modified those protocols as they rebuilt the calf program.

Virtual Farm Tour: Wittenberg Embryo Transfer

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

Genetic Excellence Realized Through Consistent Calf Care
As you might guess from the name, Wittenberg Embryo Transfer in Wausau, Wisconsin is not your average dairy farm.  Owner Dr. John Prososki purchased the farm about 10 years ago with about 25 cows.  The old red barn remains, but everything else has been built new as the herd has grown to about 160 milking cows.

Prososki is a veterinarian and started his career at a large animal practice before he began working exclusively in embryo transfer (ET) a number of years ago.