Category: Dairy

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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Wild Yeast’s Effect on Milk Production and Components

February 26, 2020

It is every livestock farm’s desire to feed high-quality corn silage, high moisture corn and/or earlage to ensure excellent animal health and production. Did you get your corn silage or high moisture corn put up under ideal conditions this past fall?  I’m guessing for most of you the answer is “NO.”  With the crazy fall […]

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How Can We Help? Are You Utilizing Your Nutritionist?

November 15, 2019

Growing up on a dairy farm in Northwest Wisconsin, I got to see firsthand how much of a team effort farming really is. In addition to family members and employees, there was a constant variety of different consultants around that were trying to help improve, inform, and meet goals as easily and cost effectively as […]

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The Role of Calcium in Transition Cows

September 27, 2019

You need to get your cows off and running at optimum speed early in lactation for the best return of investment and high profits. The transition period (21 days before and 21 after calving) has a huge impact on overall lactation production. For instance, peak milk is an excellent way to monitor transition period management […]

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The great transition: Turning calves into functioning ruminants

August 27, 2019

When you hear the word “transition,” do you automatically think of your pre- and post-fresh cows? Most dairymen do, but there’s another important transition group that requires your attention. That group is made up of calves transitioning off milk and onto a diet made up of dry feeds. Not only are they going through a […]

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