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Testing Calf Milk and Milk Solids with Refractometer

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

Refractometer is a multi-functional tool, which allows dairy farmers and calf-care personnel to test three areas of calf rearing: Quality of Colostrum to determine whether the immunity content is sufficient for first feeding – perhaps the most common use of a refractometer. Test each collection for content of IgG. Blood Serum Total Protein (BSTP) o determines if the…
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How to Choose a Calf Jacket?

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

1.       Is the outer shell water repellent to prevent moisture from getting in? (look for fabric with dense weave and with moisture repelling coating) 2.       Does the insulation wick moisture away from the calf? (using high quality insulation such as ThinsulateTM Ultra will keep the calf from sweating) 3.       Is it easy to wash and…
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Cold Stress Prevention (Golden Calf for Progressive Dairyman)

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

Fall is in full swing with it we usher in the cold weather. Chances are that when you woke up this morning, you checked the weather. You probably checked the weather before you went outside this morning to see if you needed to put on a coat.  Does this make you think of your calves?…
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Addressing the forgotten: Hygiene!

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

Last week, the Calf Care Connection put on by PDPW went off without a hitch, full of calf persons from all over Wisconsin. We were very honored to sponsor Dr.Sam Leadly, who spoke in depth about the on farm cleanliness for our calf care materials. I personally believe that hygiene is a much overlooked topic on…
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Managing your calf-care employees (Golden Calf for Progressive Dairyman)

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

Imagine an employee wearing gloves in a clean dry pen skillfully administering high-quality colostrum to a calf born just minutes ago. The calf’s navel has already been dipped, the calf dried, and all information recorded in the logs. Dream? No, just good employee management. You know that if every calf in your herd received treatment like that, your herd would consist of healthy, high-producing cows.…
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