Virtual Farm Tour: Sunburst Dairy

Posted on December 26, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Building the Right Fit at Sunburst Dairy Sixteen years ago, Brian and Yogi Brown of Sunburst Dairy in Belleville, Wis. decided to give up their old stanchion barn and expand to a freestall barn and parlor.  The fresh start grew their herd to 300 cows and allowed them to hire employees.  This was important as

Video: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Brooke Carrow

Posted on November 13, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
 In this edition of Starting Strong A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Brooke Carrow shares what Enchanted Dairy in Little Falls, Minn. does to prepare for the winter months, including everything from bedding to colostrum storage.

Virtual Farm Tour: United Pride Dairy & Quality Calf Care

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Two Entities, One Goal – Quality Calf Care Located near Philips, Wis., in the heart of the state’s northwoods, United Pride Dairy started as a partnership between two neighbors in the 1990s. In 2000, the farm milked 200 cows and, by 2010, it had fully expanded to its current herd size of 1,650 cows, which

Video: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Brooke Miller

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, we meet Brooke Miller of Enchanted Dairy in Little Falls, Minn. and get a quick glimpse of the farm's calf program. A recent college graduate, Brooke has returned home to manage the Enchanted Dairy calf program. In future editions of

Virtual Farm Tour – Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy and Calf Ranch

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, located in Kewaunee, Wis., is the largest single family-owned dairy in Wisconsin. It all started in 1946 when Carl and Garnett Pagel purchased the farm with eight cows, eight pigs and some chickens. Since then, Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy has gone through tough times, but always managed to grow from those experiences. Pagel’s

Virtual Farm Tour – Dairy Dreams LLC

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
The team at Dairy Dreams LLC values high quality calf care on its operation to ensure the best calf health around. Six years ago, Dairy Dreams purchased hutches and brought the calves home. The farm is currently building a heifer barn on the main farm to bring all heifers home and have all livestock in

Darin Mann – Working With Consumers’ Perceptions

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
  Download a printable PDF Presentation Darin Mann is a co-owner of M & M Feedlot, a 13,000-head heifer feedlot on the border of Oregon and Idaho. This feedlot is unique because, not only does it house 13,000 animals, but it also does it right next to a river and U.S. fish and game ponds.

Virtual Farm Tour: Jones Dairy

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Autofeeders Boost Consistency at Jones Dairy Over and over, calf raisers are lectured on the importance of consistency for raising strong, healthy calves. That’s especially relevant when it comes to the nutrition of these young animals. At Jones Dairy in Spencer, Iowa, Aaron (Jones) Titterington found one tool to offer more consistency to the farm’s

Video: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Cathy Speirs

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Cathy Speirs of Shiloh Dairy LLC shares what she's done to manage calves during this unusual spring. Thank you to Cathy for joining the Starting Strong team for the past year and providing her expertise. Meet our next calf raiser

Virtual Farm Tour: Baerwolf Dairies, LLC and Sassy Cow Creamery

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
The Cows Take Center Stage Situated on the edge of Dane County, a half-hour away from Madison, Wis., Baerwolf Dairies, LLC is a unique family farm. Brothers Rob and James Baerwolf both attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and returned home to farm. Their wives – both named Jenny, coincidently – are also partners in the

Video: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Cathy Speirs

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Cathy Speirs of Shiloh Dairy LLC dives into her calf feeding program. She shares how little tools and strategies can have a big impact on calf performance.

Virtual Farm Tour: Trans Ova Genetics

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Trans Ova Genetics: Outstanding Care for Calves with High Genetic Potential Drive past Trans Ova Genetics in Sioux Center, Iowa and it looks like any calf-raising facility with rows of calves in hutches. Spend any time there and you’ll quickly realize it’s a unique place to be. Trans Ova Genetics provides reproductive services for dairy

Video: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Shiloh Dairy LLC

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Cathy Speirs of Shiloh Dairy LLC gives an insider's tour of Shiloh's maternity facility and walks us through newborn protocols. She also shares how her management practices change with cold weather.

Virtual Farm Tour: Vir-Clar Farms

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Vir-Clar Farms:  A Look Back at the Last Five Years Five years ago, Katie (Boyke) Grinstead jumped headfirst into her lifelong dream.  She returned to her family’s dairy to build the calf operation and raise her kids on the farm. Building success Vir-Clar Farms, LLC is owned and operated by Gary and Rose Boyke.  Their

Virtual Farm Tour: MDS Dairy

Posted on November 8, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
MDS Dairy Focuses on Improvement Through Technology and Teamwork MDS Dairy in western Wisconsin isn’t your average dairy business.  Phil Mlsna owns the farm, which includes two dairies, located in Sparta and Westby, and a total of 2,250 animals. He is also the owner of Mlsna Dairy Supply, Inc., which provides milking equipment, calf feeders,

Video: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Cathy Speirs, Shiloh Dairy LLC

Posted on November 8, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
In this edition of Starting Strong A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Cathy Speirs of Shiloh Dairy LLC shares what she and her team do to manage summertime heat and continue to provide calves with optimum care.