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.

Virtual Farm Tour: Minglewood, Inc.

Posted on November 13, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Before they installed autofeeders in the calf barns at Minglewood, Inc., Kristin Quist, calf manager, said the team used to spend 16 hours a day feeding calves three times a day. Now, Quist invests eight hours a day and has more flexibility in the schedule to dedicate time to other areas of the dairy.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Jenn – Autofeeders

Posted on November 13, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Jenn Rowntree discusses the importance of walking through calf autofeeder pens, and calibrating and cleaning the machines regularly.

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

Posted on November 13, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Heidi Fischer of Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm Inc. discusses the tools her team uses to communicate with each other.

Dialing in Calf Starter Protein Concentration

Posted on November 13, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist
Dr. Noah Litherland explores the protein requirements of the growing calf and what role calf starter can play in reaching growth goals.

Veterinarian’s Corner: Lung Ultrasound – Another Tool to Combat Calf Pneumonia

Posted on November 13, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Kendra Wells, Valley Veterinary Clinic
Diagnosing pneumonia can be difficult because most cases are subclinical. However, using an ultrasound can help view lung lesions and lead to an effective monitoring program.

Calf Care Checklist: 7 Ways to Keep Milk Warm Before you Feed It

Posted on November 13, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator
It is critical for calves to receive milk between 100 and 105 degrees F, but this can be challenging during the winter. Try any of these seven ways to keep milk warm before you feed it.

Virtual Farm Tour: Ruedinger Farms, Inc.

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

As you walk through the calf-raising facilities at Ruedinger Farms, Inc. in Van Dyne, Wisconsin, you notice calf care protocols clearly written and posted in each building. This is just one of the tools the team uses to consistently raise quality replacement heifers.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Benchmarking

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland discusses three benchmarks for successful calf raising and why they matter.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser – Calf Barn Organization

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of A Day in the Life of a Calf Raiser, Heidi Fischer of Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm Inc. discusses her methods to keep calf records and equipment organized. 

Supporting Calf Immunity in the First Weeks of Life

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus calf and heifer specialist
Colostrum is one of the best ways to ensure adequate transfer of immunity from the dam to the calf. However, when a calf doesn't receive enough immune protection, it can be vulnerable to health challenges.

Veterinarian’s Corner: Life on the Farm and Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy…For the People

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Melissa Haag, Lodi Veterinary Clinic
Ensuring a smooth and healthy pregnancy for the calf and its mother is important, but it is also important to do the same for pregnant female farm workers. Here are four ways to accommodate a safe human pregnancy on the farm.