Sept. 5 2023
I think baby calves are adorable and sweet. If I see one, there is no doubt that I will walk up to it with my arm outstretched, palm up, to let it suck on my hand with all its slobber and sandpaper-feeling...
Sept. 4 2023
Calf caretakers know how quickly a calf can go from healthy to quite sick when challenged with scours. Decisions made at the first signs of illness can make a big difference in how quickly a calf recovers
Aug. 24 2023
Calf rearing aims to promote growth and intestinal development while minimizing health incidences. One of the significant challenges for young calves is diarrhea and other digestive issues. Digestive challenges...
July 31 2023
There are so many decisions to be made on a farm. While some require quick, on-your-feet thinking, other decisions are best made after a careful review of the situation and hopefully with some data to...
July 19 2023
What’s the best calf starter? Of course, the answer is whatever starter fits your operation
July 13 2023
It unfortunately doesn’t take much for a bright and bouncy dairy calf to become sick. Early intervention can often turn the calf back around, but even a simple illness may leave a lasting impact
July 6 2023
Electrolytes are often just the ticket calves need to get through a bout of diarrhea. Veterinarian Amelia Woolums recommends administering electrolytes as soon as diarrhea is identified to prevent dehydration,...
June 1 2023
While calf starter is a component of the preweaned dairy animal’s diet, the majority of nutrients needed for growth during this first stage of life come from milk or milk replacer
May 19 2023
I took a walk out to our calf hutches last week to begin summer preparations to that area of our farm
April 28 2023
This week, I painted a few brushstrokes of pink and cream paints in our nursery in preparation for the birth of our baby girl in August. While this will be our first child, I will say that I am no stranger...
March 24 2023
In recent years, research on pair-housing calves has helped the dairy community recognize that calves can benefit from socialization. Pair-housed calves grow as well as or even better than individually...
March 6 2023
Increasingly, dairy herds are being built with beef in mind. While that changes supply chains, it doesn’t change the need for quality calf care
Jan. 5 2023
The month of December was a little touch-and-go in our calf barn as we were dealing with an abundance of calves and disease challenges
Oct. 14 2022
Thanks to some extra care and attention, a premature calf recently born on our farm is doing well
June 29 2022
The standards we know best can sometimes be just what’s needed to solve a problem
May 23 2022
Individual dairy calf housing was a concept that arose in the 1960s. At the time, dairy farmers were struggling with high rates of calf morbidity and mortality
May 19 2022
Though we might not always be set up to succeed, dairy farmers overcome challenges every day to care for our animals and our business
April 21 2022
What do you see when you envision the future of calf care on dairy farms?For dairy researcher Michael Steele, he believes that data and precision management will shape the way we raise calves
April 18 2022
After being vaccinated, have you ever felt feverish and tired? Have you sprained your ankle and experienced swelling, or was your ankle even warm to the touch?