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 […]

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 […]

Summer Heat and the Effects it Has On Calves

Calf Comfort in the Heat

So, have you ever heard the phrase “Is It HOT Enough For Ya”?  Well let’s begin by saying that June has started off a bit warmer than usual. Let’s ask the question how are your calves feeling and are they staying hydrated in this heat? Are your employees changing their schedules to accommodate cooler feeding times […]

Writing Your Calf Newborn Protocols

Holstein calf shortly after birth

This month I’d like to start focusing on: How to start writing your calf newborn protocols. Let’s first focus on the timeframe, please allow yourself time to adjust and re-adjust your protocols.  Calves are never an easy creature to conform to written protocols. Our basic goal is to maintain consistency between employees and to understand […]

Ammonia Levels and the Young Calf

Calf health and ammonia

In this blog I am overly excited to announce that Holm and Laue released an Ammonia Detector that works with the CalfExpert automatic calf feeder to detect ammonia levels in bedding packs of young calves. We all know high ammonia levels result in more morbidity and even more mortality rates in young calves. Why is ammonia bad […]

How to Reduce Calf Mortality Directly After Calving

Newborn calf with mother after calving

Here are a few check points, food for thought! If the calf is not breathing directly after birth, remove as much mucous from the nostril area. Most of us find a piece of straw and tickle the nostril passageway. This usually does the trick. If not, try pouring cold water over the calf’s head to […]