Ask the Expert: Managing Curtains in the Fall

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Dr. Becky Brotzman, DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine associate outreach specialist, and Dr. Ken Nordlund, DVM, UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine clinical professor Q: With the huge temperature swings in the late summer and early fall, I am always wondering how to handle the curtains in both my nursery and transition

Managing Transition Cows in a Heat Spell

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
With Rod Martin, Vita Plus Dairy Technical Services An unusually hot summer has led to higher heat stress not only for employees, but also dry cows. Even though summer is almost over, and the cooler temperatures are around the corner, dairy operations will still see a drop in milk production. Rod Martin, Vita Plus dairy

How to Keep Ahead of Heifer Mastitis

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
We all know replacement heifer health is important. When we think of this topic, we often think of respiratory health, foot and leg health, and other more common, physical health issues. But we also need to watch for heifer mastitis. You may be asking, “How does a heifer get mastitis before her first calving and

Give Your Transition Barns Some Attention Too

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator Transitioning a calf from its individual pen to a group pen can be very stressful. We always say three strikes and you’re out. That can really hit home for your transition calves. Stressors that can affect these animals are new location, socializing, feed change, locating feed and

Beyond the Barn: A Lifelong Passion For Agriculture

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Kate Griswold, Cross Plains Wondermakers 4-H Club and Waunakee FFA Chapter Ever since I can remember, agriculture has been a part of my life. When I was eight, my dad bought our first Angus cow. Our herd has since grown to include multiple beef cows and a diverse realm of other animals including sheep,

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

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

Dave Kuehnel – A Look Into Markets: Milk & Milk Commodities

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Download a printable PDF Presentation When it comes to milk replacers, Dave Kuehnel, president of Milk Products LLC, knows the "in’s and out’s" of an ingredient label. During his presentation at Vita Plus Calf Summit, Kuehnel focused on an ingredient of milk replacer that may be more valuable in human food and medicine products: whey.

Dr. Sheila McGuirk – Wet Lab: Live Daignostics & Calf Handling

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
University of Wisconsin-Madison veterinarian Sheila McGuirk has several helpful hints when handling calves, particularly in stressful situations for youngstock, such as dehorning and vaccinations. She kicked off her wet lab presentation at Vita Plus Calf Summit by evaluating an animal for respiratory disease. She advised growers to look for the following symptoms, and if they

Dr. Max Thornsberry – Wet Lab: Calf Posting & Diagnostics

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Dr. Max Thornsberry, veterinarian with Milk Specialties Global Animal Nutrition, has many years of experience in working with calves. Reiterating a few of Dr. Sheila McGuirk’s points, Thorsberry reminded calf raisers of the importance of proper handling during his Vita Plus Calf Summit wet lab presentation. Like McGuirk, Thornsberry urged producers to take their time

Dr. Julia Ridpath – Managing BVDV Risk Factors For Optimum Dairy Herd Health

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Download a printable PDF Presentation Bovine viral diarrhea viruses, also known as BVDV, affect all kinds of animals, including cattle, swine, llamas and more, according to Dr. Julia Ridpath with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s National Animal Disease Center. Even though the word “diarrhea” is included in the name, the primary target of the virus is

J Hall – How to Raise a Healthy Replacement: A Calf Raiser’s Perspective

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Download a printable PDF Presentation J Hall has been raising calves for the past 15 years. He started his business with a few hutches and has grown to raising 5,000 calves under five months and 1,800 heifers five-months to springers. This year, he is planning to continue the expansion of his operation to accommodate the

Ann Hoskins – Autofeeders: Are They Here to Stay

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Download a printable PDF Presentation Autofeeders have advanced since they were first released on the market. According to Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, more advanced autofeeders come with a reconsideration of how to manage your facility. Hoskins said autofeeders are free-range feeding systems. They allow milk on demand for the calves that are

Dr. Alex Bach – Managing & Grouping Calves for Optimal Health Performance

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Download a printable PDF Presentation Adequately taking care of your calves and heifers today is important because they will be influencing the milking herd’s performance in 2014. It seems as though most farmers don't spend enough time focusing on the calves and heifers, and spend most of their time dealing with the milk producing cows,

Dr. David Carlson – Calf Nutrition: What’s New?

Posted on November 9, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Download a printable PDF Presentation Raising a healthy replacement heifer is a long, complicated process.  According to Dr. David Carlson, technical services with Milk Products LLC, calf growth is influenced by many factors, including genetics, environment, health and nutrition.  Understanding how all the factors work together can have a big impact on the management decisions