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Category: Lactation

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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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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How to Use Records to Improve Reproduction

December 10, 2018

The secret to getting more cows pregnant in a timely manner could already be at your fingertips. In fact, it may be just a few key strokes away. Valuable data is already available for most dairies, and digging into it can unearth both sweet spots and trouble zones that affect reproduction. By targeting areas of […]

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5 Areas of Focus to Maximize Peak Production

November 7, 2018

The lactation curve of milk production on some farms can be complicated. The question of how we get more production from cows comes up in many conversations between nutritionists and their producer customers. A “normal” lactation curve can be broken down to some simple basic principles. One of those basic principles is: The higher the […]

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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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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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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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