It’s a good idea to cross-train one or two other dairy employees who are not the typical calf caregivers to help with calves in the event of a calving surge. They should be trained to feed colostrum, dip navels and tag newborn calves, or feed milk, water or grain to pre-weaned calves.

Sam Leadley, calf management specialist with Attica Veterinary Associates, says it’s also not a bad idea to hire one or more temporary employees to help provide newborn care and to provide timely colostrum feeding.

“They really need to be prepared to do the extra work before the surge happens,” Leadley advises.

Read the full article featuring Leadley’s recommendations for dealing with calf surges in Bovine Veterinarian here.