A new heifer facility meant changing a few protocols for Dan and Wendy Flood of Oakfield, Wis.

The new barn features headlocks, and the Floods learned that calves entering the facility from hutches did better after a half-barrel that contains their ration was put in the pen, along with feed in front of the headlocks.

The ration is offered in both places free-choice. “I only leave the barrel in the pen for about two weeks, but it helps make sure calves get enough to eat while they learn to use the headlocks,” he explains.

Photo: A half-barrel of feed in the pen helps calves make the transition from hutches.