This gate in front of the hutch helps reduce stress on newborn calves.

Young calves at Double Dutch Dairy in Shelby, Neb., are tethered to their hutches. However, when calves are first put in the hutches, they tend to fight the tether. That not only expends a lot of energy, but also leads to sick calves, explains owner Todd Tuls.

Now, when calves are first put into a hutch, they are tethered and a panel gate is tied to the front of the hutch. The gate is taken down when calves are fed and put back afterward. It is left in place for four to five days. The result, says Tuls, is that calves no longer fight the tether, and illness in young calves has decreased dramatically.