Lack of an extended period of hard freezing across most of the country this winter could spell trouble for spring and summer calf raising.
Ann Hoskins with Vita Plus Corporation shares her advice on managing calves after a warm winter. She suggests paying extra attention to:
- Colostrum – timely delivery of four quarts of clean colostrum
- Maternity pens – well-bedded, dry, remove calves as quickly as possible
- Calf housing – clean, dry, disinfected
- Nutrition – readily available water, starter grain and milk diet
While these are basics that always should be covered, Hoskins says some extra vigilance is in order this spring and summer due to the potential presence of higher pathogen loads.