Dairy veterinarians, nutritionists, extension agents, and consultants all strive to assist their farm clients in the creation of dairy farm protocols to maximize the success of their calf programs. However, protocol modifications and procedural drift occur regardless of the best intentions as farm circumstances change in relation to employees, seasons, and calves needing care.
The UW-Extension Preweaned Calf Health Management Survey sought to understand actual calf practices on Wisconsin farms. In particular, we wanted to document differences on individual calf feeding operations compared to automated calf feeding operations.
In the October 25, 2018 Hoard’s Dairyman article Shedding light on common calf procedures, UW-Extension Oconto County Agriculture Agent Sarah Mills-Lloyd and Fond du Lac County Dairy & Livestock Agent Tina Kohlman share best management practices associated with both individual and automated group feeding systems in the areas of health, colostrum management, and record keeping from farms who participated in the management survey.
For information, please visit UW-Extension Dairy Replacement Management.