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Calf Care

  • Group housing; well ventilated & regularly bedded, less stressful weaning, potential for greater first lactation milk yield
  • Automatic feeders; Forester automatic milk machines, individual tracking of intake, regular feeding, automatically cleaned
  • Admission at 2-7 days old
  • Extensive individual physical on entry date (height, weight, temperature, navel), as well as vaccinations
  • Feeding schedule is customized by clients wants and needs
  • Grober milk replacer; higher fat fed in winter to help calves through the colder months, lighter blend in summer to ensure the calves drink as much milk as they can
  • Two employees dedicated specifically to calf health and care
  • Gentle weaning schedule to ensure healthy transition, height and weight taken regularly to track progress
  • Calves under 9 months old are offered reverse osmosis filtered water to ensure optimal growth and water in take

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Breeding

  • Custom tailored breeding based on client specifications (age, sire, height, and weight)
  • Independent breeder with many years of experience
  • Ability to work with breeder to decide what company and which bulls to use
  • Heifers are vaccinated, weighted and measured before first service

Health

  • Access to records and updates on cattle through DairyComp 305
  • All animals are BVD tested and confirmed negative before entry
  • Extensive vaccination schedule for all animals on farm
  • Work very closely with two seasoned veterinarians to ensure the best care and comfort

Feed & Nutrition

  • All forages are grown and harvested by our sister company, CY Farms, to ensure quality
  • Diets formulated with the help of Corwin Holtz, Holtz-Nelson Consulting
  • Cull vegetables are fed (seasonally dependent) from local farms to help keep feed costs down
  • Animals are measured for weight and height a minimum of 5 times to track diet performance
  • Annual meeting with dairy forage specialist to evaluate bunk management and forage storage

Facility

  • 2 milk calf barns with a compacity of 80 wet calves per barn
  • Designated hospital barn for sick calves under the age of 6 months
  • 1 weaning transition barn that calves use to decrease social stress and feed change stress before entering their first group of 40 animals
  • Weaning barn where calves start on grain and hay and slowly transition to TMR
  • Transition barn where calves use to learn a free stall barn and continue TMR
  • 2 Grower barns where heifers slowly learn to be in groups of 120-150
  • Breeding barn where all breeding and pregnancy checks take place
  • 2 finishing barns where heifers receive a second pregnancy check at 121 days carried calf, vaccinations, and foot trimming