VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Meet Jonathon Hallock, MarBec Dairy

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

We're pleased to introduce you to Jonathon Hallock and the MarBec Dairy team from Mondovi, Wisconsin.  Throughout 2017, Jonathon will share his calf program and experiences with us.

Virtual Farm Tour: Lost Elm Jerseys

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

Focus on Calf Care Leads to Show Ring Success
Watch a cattle fitter work at a national show and you’d swear he focuses on each hair on that heifer’s body.  Every detail counts.

But, according to Jason Luttropp of Lost Elm Jerseys, raising those animals – from birth to show day – is really a matter of sticking to the basics.  He said cleanliness, good bedding and a nutrition program to match his Jerseys’ needs are the keys to his success.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Stacy Jauquet, Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC

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

In this edition of A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Stacy Jauquet of Jauquet's Hillview Dairy LLC shows us her superhutches for weaned heifers and walks us through her nutrition program for these animals.

Virtual Farm Tour: Raising Dairy Beef in Ohio

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

A different strategy to raise beef calves
Imagine two newborn Holstein calves on a farm:  a heifer that will be raised as a replacement and a bull that will be raised for beef.  Their care is similar in the first couple days, but the strategies used to raise them will quickly diverge as the animals grow.  Most notably, a focus on efficient growth tightens the curve for feeding and weaning dairy beef calves.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Stacy Jauquet, Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC

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

In this edition of A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Stacy Jauquet of Jauquet's Hillview Dairy LLC explains how she communicates with the other members of the calf care team.  She also explains how they care for calves during dark mornings and nights.

Virtual Farm Tour: Homestead Dairy, LLC

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

Homestead Dairy, LLC Takes Calves to New Levels with Autofeeders
When you drive past Homestead Dairy, LLC in Plymouth, Indiana, you’ll see a row of hutches strung along a corn field about a half-mile from the main dairy.  No, these hutches do not house any calves. Instead, just across the road from the corn field, you will find three calf barns with autofeeders that can hold 200 calves each.  In the main office, you’ll find Brian Houin, the farm manager, doing everything in his power to never use those hutches again.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Stacy Jauquet, Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC

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

In this edition of A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Stacy Jauquet of Jauquet's Hillview Dairy LLC talks about the steps her team took to give calves the best possible care after a shed fire at their farm.

Maximizing comfort and productivity in a hot, humid climate – Don Bennink, North Florida Holsteins

Posted on June 29, 2016 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen
In the past few decades, North Florida Holsteins has figured out how to achieve more than 90 pounds of milk per day in an environment where extreme heat stress is the norm.

Virtual Farm Tour: Schmitz Family Farms Ent. Inc.

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

Schmitz Family Builds on Generations of Hard Work
Driving down a state highway in Bruce, Wisconsin, you’ll see an old dairy barn that has clearly weathered a lot of years.  On the opposite side, you’ll see a much larger freestall barn surrounded by construction materials.  A new addition on the freestall is near completion and much needed after the farm grew from 750 to 900 cows in the last year. 

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Stacy Jauquet, Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC

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

In this edition of A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Stacy Jauquet of Jauquet's Hillview Dairy LLC explains the tools she uses to test total serum proteins and evaluate success of passive transfer.  This helps her gauge how well her colostrum program is managed.

Virtual Farm Tour: Juedes Dairy

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

Autofeeder Barn Boosts Calf Performance and Environment
Although this winter has been an exception, below-zero temperatures and lots of snow are standard conditions for many days in northern Wisconsin.  Two years ago, during and especially harsh season, Carla Juedes said she would “never, ever again” go through a winter of raising calves in hutches.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Stacy Jauquet, Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC

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

In this edition of A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Stacy Jauquet of Jauquet's Hillview Dairy LLC walks us through her process for cleaning and sanitizing calf feeding equipment and facilities.  She uses an ATP meter quarterly to make sure she and her team are staying on top of their cleaning protocols.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Stacy Jauquet, Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC

Posted on December 21, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
 In this edition of A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Stacy Jauquet of Jauquet's Hillview Dairy LLC shares the tools she uses to care for her calves in the winter months.  She also explains her winter feeding program and her simple strategy for delivering the correct amount of milk to each

Virtual Farm Tour: Mar-Bec Dairy

Posted on December 21, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Mar-Bec Dairy Builds Excellence for the Next Generation Jonathon Hallock doesn’t have the typical “farm kid story” of spending every day in the barn with his parents.  In fact, farm chores weren’t even an option unless all of his homework and other school commitments were completed first. But that didn’t limit any of his passion

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Stacy Jauquet, Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC

Posted on October 28, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
We are excited to introduce you to Stacy Jauquet of Jauquet's Hillview Dairy in Luxemburg, Wisconsin.  For the next year, Stacy will give you an inside look at her calf program and the strategies she's learned to raise healthy, strong calves.  In this edition, Stacy share's the details on her maternity protocols.  Visit our YouTube

Virtual Farm Tour: Creamery Creek Holsteins LLC

Posted on October 28, 2015 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Autofeeders Help Calves Reach Genetic Potential The team at Creamery Creek Holsteins LLC in Bangor, Wisconsin continually keeps an eye on emerging technologies to optimize performance on the 700-cow dairy.  So, as automatic calf feeders gained a foothold in the U.S. marketplace, manager Justin Peterson researched and adopted the technology for his calf operation. Prior