Spandet Dairy in Dimmitt, Texas, uses paint sticks to help keep track of newborn calf feedings at the dairy.
Within 30 minutes of birth, newborn calves are fed colostrum. The employee feeding the calf marks a line on the calf’s forehead. Two hours later, the calf should receive another 2 quarts of colostrum and another mark, making an “x” on the forehead.
Six hours later the calf should receive 2 more quarts and a line on the calf’s back. At 12 hours, 2 more quarts are fed and another line is marked. The calf should have four lines marked on its body if it has been fed according to the dairy’s protocol.
The dairy also checks IgG levels of all calves to make sure employees are following procedure.