Good Morning, Today, I am going to go through how to check the bloods for pass/fail, and what to do if you are getting multiple failure of passive transfers. Tools: Refractometer Tube of clotted blood and serum Paper towel Good lighting Process (with an ocular refractometer) Put paper towel down on the surface you areContinue reading “Colostrum Management and Monitoring IgG Levels”
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Bucket, Bottle, Autofeeder?
There are many ways to successfully feed calves. Many people are very set in the way they choose to deliver milk to their calves. What I want to do in this article is outline the pros and cons of each way, to hopefully give you a more open look at your feeding methods. Bottle AContinue reading “Bucket, Bottle, Autofeeder?”
In 1993, my mother Colleen Vanderloop, started what is now known today as AVA Group Inc. She had no prior calf raising knowledge, but she had a dream and a passion to make it work, and she did. She purchased our farm, and started working on her plan right away. First, she converted the barnContinue reading “Our Facility”
The Faces Behind the Calves
Colleen Vanderloop My love of farming started at a very young age. I grew up in a small town in south western Wisconsin where I enjoyed spending time at a special aunt and uncles farm. My dream was to someday have a farm of my my own. I spent two years at Western Wisconsin TechnicalContinue reading “The Faces Behind the Calves”
Clean, Clean, Clean
Anyone that has experience with calves knows that the most used word in your vocabulary is clean. Clean this, clean that, did you make sure those are clean? We keep saying it, but what does that really mean? First things first, I like to use the “would you lick it?” theory. If you are notContinue reading “Clean, Clean, Clean”
New Calf, How Can We Do Better?
February 10, 2020 A new born calf just landed in the straw. You are responsible for the success of the rest of its life. What now? Assuming you are fortunate enough to be able to control the first things that happen to the calf when it comes into the world, here are the top thingsContinue reading “New Calf, How Can We Do Better?”