Video: First Winter in a New Calf Barn

Posted on February 5, 2015 in Dairy Performance
By Ann Hoskins
In most respects, it’s been a mild winter.  However, the recent cold and snow blasts have brought back memories of last winter’s polar vortexes and that little Pennsylvanian groundhog just said we have six weeks to go.

Many calf barns went up last summer in response to the previous harsh winter.  That means many of you are still working out a few kinks in the new systems as you aim to raise healthy calves.  Check out our Starting Strong Calf Chat video for a few tips for troubleshooting common challenges you may encounter.

This video originally appeared in the December 2014 edition of Vita Plus Starting Strong.  Visit our YouTube channel for more segments of Starting Strong Calf Chat.

About the author:  Ann Hoskins is the Vita Plus calf products manager.  She grew up on a dairy farm in DeForest, Wis., which she says is instrumental to where she is today.  “The lessons and values I gained growing up in this industry have given me the passion to stay involved and continue to learn more every day.” Hoskins earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has spent that last five years at Vita Plus, working with producers to improve performance and help them reach the goals of their calf operations.

Category: Dairy Performance
Facility design
Winter calf care