4 Steps to Safely Move Transition Calves

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

By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator
Moving transition calves can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. These four steps can help make the job much easier and safer for everyone involved. Pictures included.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey Helps Explore Dairy Calf Care Practices

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

By Dr. Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison animal welfare extension specialist
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and extension educators are seeking U.S. dairy producers or calf raisers, along with bovine veterinary practitioners, to participate in an online survey as part of a study on animal care practices for preweaned dairy calves. Participating producers can choose to enter a random drawing to win a refractometer and $100 Vita Plus gift voucher or other prize. 

Virtual Farm Tour: Jauquet’s Hillview Dairy LLC

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Stacy Jauquet owns and operates Jauquet's Hillview Dairy LLC in Luxemburg, Wisconsin, with her husband, Dave. The team knows what it takes to raise healthy calves, and that's why Stacy is proud to work alongside her calf team to train them on her expectations for excellent calf care.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Ann – Current Calf Research

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Ann Hoskins talks with Dr. Jennifer Van Os, University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor and extension specialist in animal welfare, and Kim Reuscher, a dairy science graduate student, about current research projects involving calf hutches and ventilation.  One quick and affordable option for improving hutch ventilation is to install Calf-Tel's calf hutch vent covers, as shown in the video.

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

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Mikayla Bullman, the Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm Inc. calf feeder, discusses the farm's calf feeding procedures and takes us along with her as she feeds calves.

5 Things You Should Know About Prebiotics and Probiotics

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Jenn Rowntree, Vita Plus calf and heifer specialist
Pre- and probiotics are now fairly common in the livestock industry. To gain a better understanding of these feed additives, we answered five common questions for you.

Veterinarian’s Corner: 5 Things Veterinarians Wished You Knew About Them

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Lindley Reilly, Cedar Grove Veterinary Services
Have you ever wished you could read your veterinarian's mind? You can start here with the five things veterinarians wished you knew about them.

4 Must-Haves for Moving Calves

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist
For a smooth transition from the maternity pen to the nursery, make sure your calf-moving equipment has these four key attributes. Pictures included.

Virtual Farm Tour: Dolph Dairy LLC

Posted on May 21, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

The chore list on a dairy farm is seemingly endless and everchanging, yet cows and calves do best with consistent care. The team at Dolph Dairy LLC in Lake Mills, Wisconsin has designed a system that gives each fresh cow, newborn, and preweaned calf the attention and consistency needed to thrive.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Jenn – Biosecurity and the Maternity Pen

Posted on May 21, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Jenn Rowntree walks us through the importance of biosecurity protocols within the maternity pen to give calves the best start to life.

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

Posted on May 21, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

Maria Poock with Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm Inc. walks us through the calf team's colostrum management protocols, including harvesting, testing, storing and tube-feeding colostrum.

What is Your Maternity Gameplan? – Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus

Posted on May 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist
Successful maternity programs directly impact the present and future state of the herd. These pre- and post-calving protocols have effectively improved cow and calf health.

Veterinarian’s Corner: Disbud Calves Young – Dr. John Ambrosy, Waunakee Veterinary Service

Posted on May 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Dr. John Ambrosy, Waunakee Veterinary Service DVM
Until the dairy industry moves toward polled genetics and we never have to disbud/dehorn calves again, farms must have set standards and protocols to safely and humanely disbud calves with pain mitigation strategies.

Calf Care Checklist: 5 Checkpoints for Summer Ventilation – Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus

Posted on May 17, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

By Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator
Good ventilation can go a long way in promoting calf health, and these five checkpoints can help ensure your ventilation system is ready to meet your calves' needs this summer.

Virtual Farm Tour: Hasel Farms

Posted on March 18, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

When the team at Hasel Farms was researching autofeeders in 2010, they had to travel more than 200 miles to tour facilities because the technology was so new.  However, the opportunity to reduce labor demands made the decision easy and the Hasels moved calves into their own autofeeder barn in October 2011.

VIDEO: Calf Chat with Noah – Calf Starter Particle Size

Posted on March 18, 2019 in Starting Strong - Calf Care

In this edition of Calf Chat, Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist, discusses calf starter particle size and how important it is to minimize the amount of fines to maximize calf performance.