Have you ever dashed into the barn office on a freezing farm day to escape the biting cold? That sudden warmth is an instant mood lifter, isn't it? Newborn calves feel the same way.
Newborn dairy calves are vulnerable in the cold since they have only 2–4% body fat. That's why warming rooms and commercial warming boxes are lifesavers for them. These spaces provide newborn calves with a much-needed clean and comfortable environment.
But how do you get the warming room ready for the cold? A dairy extension educator from Michigan State University named Faith Cullens-Nobis has some helpful tips:
Maintain the Cleanliness
Cleanliness is non-negotiable. Not regularly cleaning can turn the warming rooms and boxes into breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. You don't want this to happen since it poses serious health threats to the calves.
This holds true even though a newborn calf will only spend a few hours in the warming room. Regularly scrubbing the floors and walls ensures that disease-causing pathogens don't find a home there. In addition, consider how easily the floors and walls can be cleaned. Water-based cleaning can be more difficult if there are no floor drains.
Keep an Eye on Ventilation
Good airflow in the warming room is as crucial as in the calf barn or hutch. The room's air needs to circulate at least four times an hour. Wet calves need to urinate and defecate in enclosed areas. Thus, ventilation is quite important. Without good airflow, calves might not dry effectively. Plus, the air quality can deteriorate to an unsuitable level for humans and animals.
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Ramp up the Temperature
What's the purpose of a calf warming room if it isn't warm enough? Keep in mind that newborn calves thrive best when temperatures are between 50°F and 77°F. Any dip below this range causes them to expend energy to keep their body temperature stable. It can lead to a condition called cold stress.
Heat lamps are an option for warming calves but beware - they are associated with fire hazards. Another drawback is that don't facilitate air movement. If you're dealing with a smaller space, space heaters could be a viable solution.
For effective and rapid drying of the calves, radiant heaters equipped with fans are great choices. It's best to use a thermostat or a timer to control these radiant heaters to prevent the risk of overheating.
With the temperature beginning to drop, ensuring that your calf warming room is prepared and in prime condition is crucial. This could be the perfect solution to support the well-being of newborn calves during the chilly months.
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