Calf Basics on Nutrition

Calf nutrition and feeding

If you ever heard one of my presentations, I am a firm believer in the 6C’s of Calf Raising. I stand firm on these fundamentals. Obviously, we are only touching on the nutrition portion of the 6C’s in this month’s blog. After the first few feedings of Colostrum, we start to focus on our calves […]

Let’s Talk Heat Stress in Calves

Calf in heat

Whether your calves are in hutches, individual pens or a group setting. Calves will experience heat stress this summer. High temperatures can be strenuous to calves, even more than cold temperatures.  When the temperatures gets above 73°F, calves can experience heat stress. The humidity level also plays a role in heat stress, the higher the humidity, […]

Measuring Bacteria Levels in The Milk We Feed Our Calves

So you may ask, why this topic?  First, you can’t measure what you don’t know. If we feed milk that may be contaminated with bacteria, we could potentially set our calves up for severe scour days or even death. We need to measure the amount of bacteria that made it through the pasteurization (PA) cycle […]

Bio Security and Young Calves

Calf Health

Bio security and calves can be a tough one, as who doesn’t like playing with baby calves on a dairy farm?  It can go multiple directions when discussing biosecurity, do you invite a class room of elementary students out for a visit or it can be employees moving from barn to barn. I am going to […]

Fly Control and Sanitation Basics

Fly on Leaf

Let’s talk FLY CONTROL.  Why in March you ask, because this is when we need to get a grip on it, before it actually gets started. So, lets start by asking ourselves, did last year’s fly control program work?   How did you measure that process, or did you do like I did and evaluate it […]

Effective Vaccinating for Winter Months

Calf Vaccinations

So how many of us take added precautions with our vaccines in both summer and winter? I know we try at our place; I have a cooler with ice packs in the summer for keeping the vaccines cool but how about in the winter months? Freezing becomes the next biggest challenge of keeping your vaccines […]

CalfStar Feeding Equipment Overview

CalfExpert equipment view

I typically don’t talk about the calf feeding equipment I sell on this blog but today I am going to do a total overview of our products. Calf Star is the only company that sells and supports calf feeding equipment and encompasses the newest technology both on the cow side and calf side. Our automatic calf feeder, […]

Dehorning Calves

Calf pair

Holy cow has the weather changed the past few weeks. Cooler nights and very pleasant daytime temperatures. This month I would like to touch on DEHORNING calves. When is the appropriate time and method to use?  I have probably done and have experience with all methods of dehorning calves. Obviously the “Yeh Hay “moment is […]

In Cold Weather Conditions, Employee Focus on Proper Calf Care is Critical

Well welcome to cold weather again!   I don’t know about you, but I am never truly ready for winter, but here we are! The last few weeks I have either been attending calf workshops or presenting at calf workshops.  The one item I am noticing is the lack of Calf Care Teams, we often visit […]

Calves Learn From Their Peers

An Article By: Abby Bauer, Senior Associate Editor for Hoard’s Dairyman. Read the article at https://hoards.com/article-30890