Category: Dairy

Rumen Health: Challenges and Solutions

November 2, 2017

Rumen health is extremely important to farm profitability. Rumen disturbances can result in inadequate animal performance and cost farms a lot of milk. “Feed the bugs first, then the cows.” There is a lot of truth in this statement. After all, feedstuff passing the rumen undergoes an extensive process of fermentation by the microorganism before […]

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Fine-tune your calf barn cleaning procedures

August 7, 2017

What sets farms with great calf health apart from those that struggle to get calves started? Sanitation. It is a bigger investment of time than money and is certainly near the top of the list of important criteria for getting calves off to a good start. The fewer disease-causing organisms the calf is exposed to, […]

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Setting Your Fresh Cows Up for Success with Hydro-Lac®

June 20, 2017

Returning fresh cows to positive energy balance as fast as you can after calving is the end goal of any transition program.  We do this by feeding a well-balanced, consistent particle length pre-fresh ration to maximize dry matter intake.  At the same time, we provide a clean, comfortable, well-ventilated facility and try not to overcrowd […]

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14 Ways to Increase Profits on Today’s Dairy Farm Without rBST

May 23, 2017

Today, in most businesses across the world, we have tighter profit margins, and that includes America’s dairy farm.  This is due to increased demand for lower prices by the public and the ever-increasing exit of the dairy farmer out of the industry. Fewer and fewer folks are milking more cows, bigger feedlots and larger swine […]

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Have a Comprehensive Plan to Beat Heat Stress

April 20, 2017

Even though hot summer days seem weeks away, now is the time to start protecting your herd against heat stress. Cow comfort, cow behavior, and grouping issues exacerbate themselves when heat stress is added to the mix. Lower milk production, poorer reproduction, elevated somatic cell count (SCC), increased lameness, and increased cull rate can all […]

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Evaluating Technologies and Innovations for Dairies

March 27, 2017

Dairies have been adopting new technologies for generations.  Our grandparents or great-grandparents may have been among the first in the area to use a milking machine, or AI.  Can you imagine dairying without bulk tanks and refrigeration, or automatic waterers?  Now, robotic milkers and computerized calf feeding systems are common.  New tools and technologies are […]

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Robotic Milking: Is It For You?

February 21, 2017

“What do you think of robotic milkers?” I get this question almost weekly from dairy producers.  I’ll give you my short answer. It is the right thing to do for some farms, but you still need to like cows, work with cows, and manage cows. I personally work with several robot milking farms.  I am […]

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Shedding Light on NDF Digestibility

February 1, 2017

Dairy producers understand the importance of feeding good quality forages.  Feed nutritionists are always looking for ways to use the best quality forages in diets of the highest performing groups of animals.  Digestible forages support high production by providing the necessary energy and nutrients.  They also aid in rumen health and help promote high intakes.  […]

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The Cost to Calving Springing Heifers After 24 Months

November 29, 2016

The best age to calve a first calf heifer is 24 months. Or is it? Every month I look at calving data from thousands of animals and I have come to find that it really depends. In every herd’s youngstock program, there is a point that growing a heifer one month longer yields them no […]

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Increase Fiber Digestibility for Better Lactation Performance

October 18, 2016

Even under an intensive concentrate feeding system, forages are still an important component of dairy cow diets. After all, a cow is a ruminant, and the nutritionist needs to balance rations for fiber in order to keep a functional rumen. However, the energy availability from forages is significantly limited by large quantities of fiber materials […]

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Two Management Practices that Impact Dry Matter Intake in Dairy Cows

September 13, 2016

I thought about beginning this article with a statement like: “in today’s markets…” or “with the recent economic situation in the dairy industry…”, but I am not going to. The management practices that I would like to discuss have proven to be a great investment in any economic and market situation in the dairy industry. […]

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Not All Bugs Are Bad: Let’s Talk About DFMs

July 15, 2016

What does a bee, the flu, Bugs Bunny, and bacteria all have in common? Bugs! Although often enough, our first impression of a bug is usually something that isn’t favored, but there are also a lot of bugs that can help out our livestock production systems throughout the course of the year. A DFM is […]

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