Category: Dairy

14 On-Farm Ways to Lower Feed Cost

March 20, 2018

Based on the Minnesota Farm Business Management annual report, feed costs represent 40 to 60% of the total cost of producing milk on dairy farms (this includes heifers & dry cows also).  Prices paid for purchased commodities or forages greatly impact feed cost and farm profitability.  Dairy farmers have little control over these prices, unless […]

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Stay the Course in Tough Times

February 26, 2018

As 2018 arrives, so do many new opportunities. However as many know, it also ushers in a period of lower milk prices. In these tough times, there is a real desire for strong communication between myself as a dairy nutrition specialist, and my clients. Being united as a team will bring answers to questions that […]

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10 Winter Care Tips for Better Calf Health

December 28, 2017

Snow has blanketed many areas of the country, and temperatures have dipped below freezing! Use these practical tips to make sure your calves are ready for the cold. 1. Check the feeding temperature of your milk and colostrum. Milk cools quickly when exposed to the colder environmental temperatures and poured into cold bottles or buckets. If you […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Professional Dairy Conference

December 19, 2017

Form-A-Feed’s Dairy Conference is coming up on January 18-19th, 2018 at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Red Wing, MN.  This is a conference dairy producers shouldn’t miss! Here’s why: You will learn about business strategies to take your dairy operation from Surviving to Thriving! Our theme for this year’s conference, and our keynote speaker topic […]

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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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