Calf Housing: Part 1 Housing Facility Options for Calves

David Kammel, PhD, Biological Systems Engineering Professor for UW-Madison/UWEX and Dr. Vicky Lauer, DVM, Professional Services Veterinarian with ANIMART discuss calf housing options and best management considerations including positive pressure ventilation systems.


Liz Binversie, UW-Extension Brown County Agriculture Educator


David Kammel, PhD, Biolological Systems Engineering Professor, UW-Madison/UWEX

Dr. Vicky Lauer, DVM, Professional Services Veterinarian, ANIMART

Total time: 2:06 minutes


Liz Binversie: Good morning. My name is Liz Binversie, the Brown County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator, and today we’re going to be talking about calf housing facilities and considerations. And with me today is David Kammel, Biological Systems Engineering professor at UW-Madison Cooperative Extension, as well as Dr. Vicky Lauer, Professional Services Veterinarian at ANIMART. So we’re going to start it off today talking about the different types of individual housing facilities, so David, what are some different types of housing facility options for calves?

David Kammel: Well, probably the most common is the calf hutch. We’ve gotten calves out of the tie stall barn and [into] nice, comfortable calf hutch that has been used for many, many years. It’s used quite a bit [and] is very good at raising healthy calves. We have enough capacity on the farm usually to have all the calves in hutches plus some extra ones to be able to rest them between calves. Other options become putting them in individual pens within a calf barn. Dr. Vicky, you got any other comments?

Dr. Vicky Lauer: Only one additional option would be the group housing available for the automated calf feeders. That’s becoming fairly popular nowadays.