Calf jacket know-how

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Calf jackets are an important part of the calf-raising operation at Greenwood Dairy in Canton, N.Y. But you can’t just put the jacket on the calf and forget about them, says Linda Greenwood, owner. They need to be checked on occasionally.

“Some of the problems I found are they come off, are dangling around the calf’s neck, put on inside out, a front leg through the neck whole and two rear legs in the same leg strap,” she says.

The most important concern to be watching for is the tightness of the jacket. Keep an eye out if the straps need to be adjusted or the jacket taken off because the calf outgrew the jacket.

A little time spent checking could make a huge difference in the comfort of the calf, says Greenwood. Greenwood Dairy raises more than 600 calves each year in calf hutches.

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