Right now, we are in the process of building a new calf barn. Many times it is easier to just keep doing things on dairy the way they have always been done. A calf is born, fed milk for 2-3 months, weaned, and then finally enters the milking herd at about 24 months. It has been happening this way for a long time on our dairy. But, the time has come to innovate and build a more efficient barn to care for our calves. We plan to use curtains for ventilation, Calf-Tel for our individual calf pens, group pens of 5 animals, and finally a flush system for cleaning. We are incorporating many new and efficient features for this new calf barn. But, at the end of the day it still comes down to the basics: 1 – Clean pens, 2 – Preventing illness, and 3 – Good quality colostrom.