Build Your Own Colostrum Thawing and Heating Unit

Posted on May 27, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Refrigerated or frozen colostrum must be carefully thawed and warmed before it is fed to a calf to preserve immunoglobulins. Producers can easily build their own colostrum thawing and heating unit to accomplish this task.

This Makes my Life Easier: Camelbak Brush

Posted on May 27, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Using a Camelbak brush to clean esophageal feeder tubes has made life easier for the team at Schilling Farms LLC.

Virtual Farm Tour: Homeland Dairy LLP

Posted on March 26, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

The team at Homeland Dairy LLP in Brandon, Wisconsin, operates by the KISS principle:  Keep It Simple and Straightforward.  That philosophy has led to outstanding calf health and performance.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Ventilation and Season Changes

Posted on March 26, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland discusses the goals of ventilation systems and how seasonal changes can influence those goals.  

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Meet Jill Houin, Homestead Dairy, LLC

Posted on March 26, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

We're pleased to introduce Jill Houin and the Homestead Dairy team in Plymouth, Indiana. Throughout 2020, Jill will share her calf program and experiences with us.

Cost of Gain: Do You Know Your Number?

Posted on March 25, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist
Knowing your feed cost of gain is an important consideration when selecting and evaluating a nursery calf feeding program. This cost of gain calculator can be used to estimate the cost of gain for a nursery calf program. 

Veterinarian’s Corner: Infected Joints and Maternity Management Shortfalls

Posted on March 25, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Alta Genetics associate veterinarian
Failure to provide a clean, well-managed maternity area can lead to calves ingesting manure laden with E. coli, which can then travel to and infect the bloodstream. This is can lead to infection in one or multiple joints.

Calf Care Checklist: 5 Ways to Get Starter in Front of Calves

Posted on March 25, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator
Consistently delivering fresh starter and getting calves to eat it can be a hassle. Here are five ways to get starter in front of calves. 

This Makes my Life Easier: Expandable Folder

Posted on March 25, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Using an expandable folder that is prepacked with everything needed to process newborn calves has made life easier for the team at Birchen Farms Inc.

Virtual Farm Tour: Sunrise Dairy LLC

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

The calf program at Sunrise Dairy LLC in Suring, Wisconsin, has changed a lot in the 10 years Kayla Hischke has managed the youngstock program. From housing young calves in a calf barn instead of the dairy's old stone barn, to sending heifers to a Nebraskan custom raiser, the team has found ways to innovate and raise calves throughout the changes.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Winter Calf Care

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins visits Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy to discuss their winter calf care protocols and "neonatal intensive care unit." 

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Winter Calf Processing

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Brianna Hackbarth, a calf manager at Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm Inc., walks us through the farm's winter calf processing procedures.

Keeping Useful Computer Calf Records

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Jon Rasmussen, Vita Plus dairy technology specialist
As computer herd management programs improve, calf raisers have the opportunity to define what information needs to be recorded that can help treat calves and identify strategies for improvement.

Veterinarian’s Corner: Enhancing Gut Immune Function to Prevent Calf Respiratory Disease

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus calf and heifer specialist
The past two years have both been wet years, which is often associated with an increased risk for bovine respiratory disease in cattle of all ages. Consider these strategies to improve gut health and overall immune function.

Calf Care Checklist: 5 Ways to Protect Vaccine Quality

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus calf and heifer specialist
Vaccines are an important part of any calf raising program, however, we may not be handling them correctly to get the most out of them. Here are five ways to protect vaccine quality. 

This Makes my Life Easier: Wheelbarrow and Scale

Posted on January 28, 2020 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Using a wheelbarrow to move and weigh newborn calves has helped make life easier for Katie Grinstead and her team at Vir-Clar Farms.