Green Bay, Wisconsin, served as the location for the first Vita Plus Calf Summit, held June 19-21. Click here to learn more about the summit from the most recent Vita Plus Calf Care e-newsletter, or click a hyperlink below to jump directly to that topic in the e-newsletter. On the first day, attendees toured two progressive calf operations, Pagel’s Ponderosa Calf Ranch and Dairy Dreams LLC.

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The two-day conference portion of the event featured 13 presentations, two of which were wet lab presentations from Dr. Sheila McGuirk and Dr. Max Thornsberry .

Dr. Don Niles of Dairy Dreams LLC presented more information about the operation's recordkeeping practices related to calf care.

Dave Kuehnel

Attendees also heard about the potential for whey ingredients in the dairy marketplace from Milk Products LLC President Dave Kuehnel .

A special guest was former Green Bay Packers player LeRoy Butler . Click here to visit the Vita Plus YouTube channel for video interviews with additional Calf Summit speakers. PD


TOP: At Dairy Dreams LLC, attention to detail is vital, particularly when it comes to calf care. The dairy only lost two calves in the last year. Photo courtesy Vita Plus Intern Tony Meyer.

BOTTOM: Milk Products LLC President Dave Kuehnel explained to attendees the exciting prospects of whey ingredients in today’s dairy markets. Photo by PD Editor Emily Caldwell.