Dairy Calf Care School

Date: August 6, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: MSU Extension—Ionia County, 50 E Sprague Road, Ionia, MI 48846
Contact: Faith Cullens at cullensf@msu.edu or 989-224-5249

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 learn and/or review concepts and skills associated with profitable calf management from birth to the transition period.

When:       Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location:       MSU Extension—Ionia County, 50 E Sprague Road, Ionia, MI 48846

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, Marianne Buza, and Kevin Gould

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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