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Category: Dairy

Unlocking your heifer inventory goals

January 8, 2021

Article originally published March 11, 2020 for Progressive Dairy. There are many topics to discuss when managing heifer inventory. Producers give careful thought to feed and labor costs, reproduction, semen strategies, etc. – the list can go on and on. While these are all excellent areas of focus, have you ever considered how many replacements […]

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What do your employees make of your dairy’s herd management records?

December 18, 2020

As dairy farms become more sophisticated with the use of new technologies and digital dairy herd management records, on farm employee training needs to match the adaptation of new technologies and information management. From the “good old” breeding wheel and individual cow cards to electronic dairy management software, the amount of herd data collected can […]

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The Most Common Reasons Cows Get Mastitis

October 29, 2020

Contracting mastitis in fresh dairy cows is a complicated process that requires a close look at the conditions and situations that allow for this harmful disease to develop. Mastitis is defined as an inflammation of the mammary gland caused by bacteria introduced either during the milking process or from environmental contact. The cow has three […]

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Breaking 7 Common Myths on Colostrum

September 22, 2020

First one there is the winner! It’s a race between antibodies in the colostrum and the bacteria in the environment. Who would you like to win? I cannot even begin to count the number of times I’ve read an article or sat through a seminar about the importance of colostrum to a newborn calf. We […]

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Milking Cows: Five Mistakes to Avoid

September 14, 2020

The process of milking cows requires a consistent milking routine and proper udder preparation to increase milk flow and reduce milk-out times. Some of the most critical items I have seen over the years that limit cows to have complete and faster milk-outs are: Not enough teat stimulation. Milk is produced in the upper part […]

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Take Advantage of Milk Protein to Maximize your Milk Check

August 13, 2020

Cheese prices have reached record highs, according to NASS weekly surveys, and it makes sense to turn our attention to the milk protein pounds shipping out the door. Recently, USDA’s milk price announcement for July had final protein at $5.63/lb and $1.96/lb of butterfat. With almost all milk marketing orders in the U.S using a […]

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Manage Hutch Calves with Heat Stress in Mind

July 20, 2020

With the recent high temperatures, heat stress has been a concern on many dairies.  Just like cows, calves experience heat stress, too.  While we do not see reduced milk production, we do see reduced average daily gain, less efficient use of feed nutrients and an increase in treatments.  Below are some tips to help you […]

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Protecting your Feed Investment During Heat Events with TMR Stabilizer

June 24, 2020

Hot, humid weather imposes physiological challenges on lactating dairy cows, leading to lower feed intake, reduced milk production, and lower pregnancy rates.  Depressed feed intake during heat events is compounded by yeast and mold growth destroying the nutrients in the total mixed ration (TMR).  These nutrients are critical for lactating dairy cows to assure they […]

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Successfully Managing Long Dry Periods

May 15, 2020

The last two or three months have certainly brought extreme challenges and difficulties to our personal and business lives like we have never seen before. The need to produce and ship less milk during a time of depressed milk prices has caused dairy farm owners and managers to make difficult decisions, many of which are […]

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I have to cut milk production. Now what?

May 6, 2020

2020 has seen some unprecedented markets, actions, and now mandates reducing the amount of milk sold by a farm. While there are many options to accomplish reducing milk volume for the short-term, it is important not to make drastic decisions, but to consider what is best for your operation. A combined approach of culling cows […]

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Achieving and Maintaining Strong Dairy Milk Components

April 8, 2020

Strong milk components have been and always should be an important topic to discuss on dairies.  In no specific order, here are some fundamental points I think about, check, or look at when this topic is brought up. Know the intakes of the cows! There are many factors that are unknown if you don’t know […]

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5 Favorite Reports to Check Remotely for a Robotic Herd

March 30, 2020

With COVID-19 keeping us at home, here are some things you can look at to check progress on your Lely® farm with a robotic milking system.  Here are my favorite reports to review (in no particular order). Report 43P: This report graphs each cow’s daily milk weight by her days in milk and color codes […]

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