CalfTrack Calf Management System

CalfTrack is a comprehensive program to train employees that are responsible for calf care.
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Updated: August 8, 2017

CalfTrack Calf Management System

About CalfTrack

Getting calves off to a good start is the first step in producing healthy, well grown replacement animals that are ready to enter the milking herd at 22 to 24 months of age. To meet this goal employees must provide consistent, quality care for calves, particularly during the preweaning period.

Consistency is achieved by following standardized procedures, and training is essential to teach every employee the same procedures. A good training program helps employees understand how to do their job and why it is important.

The CalfTrack calf management training system includes standard operating procedures (SOPs) for many calf care tasks and a health scoring system, available in both English and Spanish.

The SOPs are presented as Chore Plans, step-by-step instructions with many photos and illustrations to clearly explain each concept. These SOPs can be used to train new employees or as a reference for experienced personnel. The health scoring system not only teaches employees how to observe animals and consistently evaluate calf health, it also provides a recorded health history.

Topics covered by CalfTrack include: calving assistance, colostrum feeding, use of an esophageal feeder, mixing and feeding milk replacer, evaluating calf environments, normal appearance and behavior, and routine health treatments.

The CalfTrack system is designed to help employees master daily calf-raising chores with confidence, independence, and a sense of accomplishment, while raising healthy dairy calves that can become productive and profitable herd replacements. It was specifically designed for farms that have multiple employees taking care of calves.

The CalfTrack program was developed under the leadership of Dr. Jud Heinrichs of Penn State's Animal Science Department in partnership with Elanco Animal Health and Land O'Lakes Animal Milk Products.

The Chore Plans and Calf Health Scoring System are available free of charge in pdf format. The pdf files contain bookmarks to make them easier to navigate; use the bookmarks for one-click access to any page in the document.

Chore Plans

Step-by-step instructions for calf care tasks with many photos and illustrations to clearly explain each concept. Topics covered include: calving assistance, colostrum feeding, use of an esophageal feeder, mixing and feeding milk replacer, evaluating calf environments, normal appearance and behavior, and routine health treatments.

Calf Health Scoring System

A calf health scoring system that teaches employees how to observe animals and consistently evaluate calf health and provides a recorded health history.

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