Freshly weaned, bawling calves spend a lot of time milling around their pens. But their unfamiliarity with feedbunks and water troughs means some will walk the back fences and might not find the feedbunk on their own.

At Darnall Feedlot, Harrisburg, Neb., the solution involves crowding new arrivals in the front of the pen. Temporary fencing panels reduce the size of the pen and confine calves near the bunk and water source. The smaller space increases the likelihood that calves will notice their feed and water as they mill around, encouraging them to start eating sooner.