Dairy Calf Care - Litchfield

Date: April 27, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Litchfield Regional Training Center, 181 Simpson Drive, Litchfield, MI 49252
Contact: Faith Cullens, cullensf@msu.edu, 989-224-5240

Calf Care School is a one-day school jam-packed with useful information and training that can be implemented on any dairy farm. Participants will get hands-on experience with calf skills and learn and/or review concepts and skills associated with profitable calf management from birth to the transition period.

When:       Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location:       Litchfield Regional Training Center, 181 Simpson Drive, Litchfield, MI 49252

Who should participate:       Anyone who cares for dairy calves

How much:       $35 per person (includes lunch, notebook & instructional materials)

Topics include:

  • Newborn Calf Care
  • Colostrum Management
  • Using a Refractometer
  • Milk/Milk Replacer Feeding
  • Dry Feed & Water Management
  • Basic Calf Nutrition
  • Calf Housing Management
  • Dehorning
  • Vaccinations
  • Weaning
  • Monitoring Performance
  • Maintaining Records
  • Early Transition Period
  • Bull Calf Management

Program Speakers:

Faith Cullens, Stan Moore, Marianne Buza

Successful Calf Management

The mere survival of a calf is by no means a good indicator of a successful calf management program. A heifer calf should be raised to her maximum potential so that she can make a maximal contribution to your farm’s profitability as a lactating cow. The profitability of your cows will depend on proper management of them as heifers.

The Michigan State University Extension Calf Care School is an excellent opportunity to develop and refine any caregiver’s skills for raising dairy calves. The program’s emphasis is placed on the practical application of the current science-based knowledge available.


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