Beyond the Barn: World Dairy Expo

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Ann’s Top 5 Favorites of This Year’s Show From Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus Calf Products Coordinator Outstanding cattle in the show ring – Cattle numbers were up this year and we saw some great looking animals in the show.  I personally saw some very impressive heifers walking through while I volunteered in the Ayrshire ring.

Ask the Expert: Dr. Neil Michael

Posted on November 2, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Dr. Neil Michael comes to Starting Strong with nearly 30 years of experience as a veterinarian specializing in dairy.  He currently works as the Director of Dairy Initiatives for Vita Plus. Q: We have noticed a decline in colostrum quantity in late summer/early fall.  Is this common and why do we see this seasonal trend?

Virtual Farm Tour: Badger Holsteins

Posted on November 1, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
Badger Holsteins Care for Calf Raising Badger Holsteins in Unity, Wis. has been a family-owned farm from the beginning.  Started in a stanchion barn, Larry Meyer, along with his sons, Jeff, Joe and Terry, recently expanded the farm to 1,200 cows.  The cows are housed in a new cross-ventilated freestall barn and are milked in

Video: Calf Chat with Ann – Preparing For Winter

Posted on November 1, 2012 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
 After a very hot, dry summer, it doesn't seem possible that we can already be talking about winter prep. But it is that time of year. In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann reminds us of the simple steps we need to take to get our calves ready for winter.  For more winter prep