A cow's health and well-being are very important to a dairy farmer, because healthy, comfortable cows produce more milk. From baby calves to cows, a dairy farmer works with a team of professionals to provide the best for the animals, including a nutritious diet, good medical care and healthy living conditions.
Nutrition is one of the most important factors in the health, production and profitability of a dairy cow. Feed and feed delivery systems usually represent the largest expense on any dairy operation, so many farmers turn to professional nutritionists and computers to help them balance nutrient profiles in the most cost effective way.
This fun and educational section centers around the birth and life of a new calf. Watch as "Jetta," a Brown Swiss born Friday, July 30, 2010, grows into adulthood. See new photos and read about what she eats, where she is housed and what needs to be done to keep her healthy.