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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 […]

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Swine Industry Lessons Learned from 2016 and Looking Ahead to a New Year

February 3, 2017

For most hog producers, 2016 was a year to forget. While feed costs actually fell from 2015 (down just over $5 per weaned pig marketed), profitability proved to be elusive. […]

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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 […]

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Beef Industry Lessons from 2016

January 12, 2017

2016 taught us many lessons in the beef industry. You must be innovative, willing to take recommendations, act quickly, have a deep pocket, and have a shoulder to cry upon […]

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Records Tracking: Do You Really Know Your Operation?

December 6, 2016

Today, many producers love the opportunity to ‘talk shop’ with other producers about how their production is going. I have seen this firsthand from sharing early Saturday morning coffee with […]

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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 […]

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Steps for Starting Newly Weaned Pigs Out Strong

November 7, 2016

Getting pigs off to a good start is often over looked in many areas, from cleaning of the barn or facility, to proper nutrition. Following a few simple steps will […]

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Two Areas You Shouldn’t Cut Due to Low Market Prices

November 1, 2016

There has been a lot of discussion with producers recently on cutting costs due to the lower cattle market. However some cost-cutting efforts can do you more harm than good […]

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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 […]

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Myth Buster: Antibiotic Use in the Swine Industry

September 23, 2016

GMO free, hormone free, antibiotic free. These three phases are changing the food industry through continued consumer interest in how food is produced, and these labels are highly visible to […]

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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 […]

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Corn Silage Harvest: Setting Yourself up to Succeed in 2017

August 17, 2016

What is the best way to set yourself up to succeed in 2017? Make great forage in 2016.  Nothing you will do after making corn silage in 2016 will bring […]

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