AMES, Iowa – Having properly trained employees is critical for the health, growth and development of dairy calves and for the profitability and sustainability of a dairy farm. A new series of video resources is available through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to provide training in calf management, including newborn calf care, colostrum management, calf nutrition, animal handling, automatic calf feeder management and hygiene and sanitation.
Each video is less than three minutes in length, using video demonstration of on-farm practices to emphasize key calf management techniques.
“Employees who manage calves should thoroughly understand why and how to test colostrum, the importance of low stress handling and proper nutrition from birth, and hygiene for health and future animal performance,” said Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Long-term, these resources will provide better training and understanding of calf care, increased employee engagement and retention, better calf performance and increased farm profitability.”
Each video is available in both English and Spanish, as DVDs or on flashdrives. To request a copy, go to https://goo.gl/forms/J4HVOtHVc37iindA2 or contact Jennifer Bentley at firstname.lastname@example.org, 563-382-2949 or Kim Clark at email@example.com, 402-472-6065.
Funding for this project was provided by the North Central Risk Management Education Center, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture under Award Number 2015-49200-24226.