What the deuce? What does good calf poop actually look like?

As calf raisers, many of us have been falsely convinced that scours or calf diarrhea is a “normal” occurrence. Unfortunately, there is nothing “normal” about having diarrhea, and I think you could probably agree with that! After attending a fantastic presentation by Dr. Teri Ollivett at the annual Dairy Calf and Heifer Association conference, itContinue reading “What the deuce? What does good calf poop actually look like?”

Scours and Sanitation

While correlation does not always equal causation, when it comes to sanitation and scours, it does! We have seen it time and time again, lack of sanitation = scours in calves.  The challenging thing is, sanitation isn’t always easy to do. Whether that’s because of cold weather, lack of time, lack of protocols, or thinkingContinue reading “Scours and Sanitation”

Calves, Group Housing Considerations – Disease Pressure

Something that doesn’t get considered often enough when designing and modifying calf barns, and establishing sanitation protocols is the disease pressure of the pen or building. Calves are especially sensitive to this disease pressure, which is why individual housing creates calves that appear “healthier” in the first couple months of life. While there is noContinue reading “Calves, Group Housing Considerations – Disease Pressure”

Does Your Navel Dip Have You Covered?

After our in depth discussion of the maternity pen, colostrum management, and the vital requirement of a clean place for the newborn calf to land, we are going to move to other newborn (first 24 hours of life) protocols that will help set your calves up for success later down the line. Navels. You probablyContinue reading “Does Your Navel Dip Have You Covered?”

Troubleshooting Colostrum Cleanliness

You sent in samples of your colostrum or you set up your own colostrum and milk testing lab at your farm. You are looking at the results and find out they are higher than Snoop Dog, now what? Step one is to zero in on where the issue is coming from, we talked briefly aboutContinue reading “Troubleshooting Colostrum Cleanliness”

At Home Lab for Milk & Colostrum?

Last month we talked about how essential it is to calf success to have clean colostrum! In this post we are going to show you how to set up your very own lab at home so you can make sure your counts are staying low and your calves are getting the highest quality colostrum possible.Continue reading “At Home Lab for Milk & Colostrum?”

4 Q’s of Colostrum Management, sQueaky Clean

On month two of our 4 Q’s of colostrum management, we covered quality, but only part of what it means to have quality colostrum. The first part of quality includes having adequate levels of IgG’s to help ensure successful passive transfer in newborn calves. There is another part of that, which we deem just asContinue reading “4 Q’s of Colostrum Management, sQueaky Clean”

4 Q’s of Colostrum Management – Quality!

Last month we covered the first Q of colostrum management, which is quickly. While making sure that colostrum is delivered as fast as possible, delivering high quality colostrum is just as important. Like we said before, the 4 Q’s are like a 4 legged chair, if you take one away, you’re going to tip overContinue reading “4 Q’s of Colostrum Management – Quality!”

4 Q’s of Colostrum Management – Quickly

Last month we talked about how it is essential that the environment the calf is born into is clean and and has low disease pressure from older animals. This month we are going to dig deeper into the maternity pen program and discuss how good colostrum management plays another huge role in the success ofContinue reading “4 Q’s of Colostrum Management – Quickly”

Day One, Cleaning, and Calf Performance

We all know the importance of a clean maternity pen and colostrum clean feeding equipment, but what does that really mean? What does that look like on-farm, not just a perfect protocol sheet? Over the next few months we are going to take a journey through the life of a newborn calf and stop atContinue reading “Day One, Cleaning, and Calf Performance”