Fertile Ridge Dairy LLC in Mount Horeb, Wis., uses a calf-warmer to help get its calves off to a great start.

Newborn calves are placed inside the warmer for 12 hours. Then a blanket is placed on the calves for the first two to four weeks, or until the calf is consuming half a pail of start. The warmer is used primarily in the winter or when temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees F.

Fertile Ridge Dairy feels this step helps get the calves consuming more grain and keep body growth.