Dipping the navels of newborn calves can be difficult and messy.

To reduce the amount of iodine getting on their clothes and hands, the owners at this Michigan dairy stopped using dip cups and began using a ladle. The ladle they bought was more oval and shallow than traditional dip cups.

With the ladle, you don’t have to bend over and practically get under the calf to administer the iodine, says Patti Shinn. “The long handle of the ladle allows you more room to see what you are actually doing.”

 
 

The contour of the ladle "hugs" the underbelly, providing fuller saturation of iodine to the umbilical area.