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Aug. 22 2016
Heat hits reproduction hard. A drop in feed intake and loss of milk yield are some of the immediate impacts hot weather can have on a dairy herd, but the aftermath of steamy summer days can last long into...
Aug. 22 2016
Subclinical ketosis should worry you. Clinical ketosis is a regular problem for all milk producers. It is estimated to affect 7 to 14 percent of all cows within a few weeks of calving
Aug. 22 2016
Milk components tell a lot about management. The composition of milk indicates the health of the rumen and points to the effectiveness of management and nutrition strategies. Researchers from Cornell University...
Aug. 22 2016
It took vision to build World Dairy Expo by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor In their own words. In full-color commentary. That is what you will hear in this historic 8-minute audio clip detailing the movers...
Aug. 15 2016
Top A.I. bulls ranked for a number of traits. While the Hoard's Dairyman Bull List will be available in the August 25 issue, we are making it available to readers here as well. It can be downloaded by...
Aug. 15 2016
Dairy must win with convenience.Around 50 percent of the average American's food budget is committed to the most convenient food we can get our hands on, namely fast-food and sit-down restaurants. From...
Aug. 15 2016
Cropland value takes uncharacteristic dip The recently released USDA "Land Values 2016 Summary Report" announced an average $40-per-acre decline in cropland values across the nation. That only represents...
Aug. 15 2016
Is now the time for price risk management? by Scott Brown, University of Missouri The author is a research assistant extension professor in the department of agricultural and applied economics at the University...
Aug. 15 2016
Red, White, and Blue on Pizza, too by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor Yes, dairy has a direct tie with the Olympics. At least that's the case when talking about the Dairy Checkoff managed by Dairy Management...
Aug. 8 2016
Is pregnant cows' milk really a health threat? A human health concern accuses milk from pregnant cows, which is customarily high in estrogens, of affecting blood estrogen levels in humans. High levels...
Aug. 8 2016
Dairy trade: Think beyond the exchange rate by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor The Mexican peso buys less goods and services these days when compared to the U.S. dollar. While that is true, USDA's Gabriel...
Aug. 8 2016
A case of distracted eating. Eating is a big part of our lives. Food is central to many social events; it brings us comfort; and most importantly, food provides the nutrients we need to survive. Despite...
Aug. 8 2016
Dairy helps everyone prosper. Dairy brings a unique value proposition to the economic table. Dairy also brings great value to the food table
Aug. 8 2016
How long can corn farmers hold on? Low corn prices the last two years have been a relief for dairy and other livestock producers. Now, however, it may be time to start worrying about how much longer corn...
Aug. 1 2016
Feeding consistency is difficult with robots. Automated milking systems come with advantages that include customization of both milking schedules and feeding of concentrates based on individual cows' requirements....
Aug. 1 2016
Invest where it matters most. When margins are slim, farmers are forced to make tough decisions. While it is tempting to cut corners wherever possible, not all cuts yield comparable results. The key is...
Aug. 1 2016
Agriculture's bridge to worldwide customers. It ranks among the least-discussed divisions of USDA. However, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has one of agriculture's tallest tasks by linking U.S....
Aug. 1 2016
Dairy farms have grown for a reason. Dairy farms continue to evolve. While many of us know that, Ben Brancel, secretary of Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, delivers...
Aug. 1 2016
Farm wages climb with no end in sight. Labor cost is an important factor in determining dairy farm profitability. In general, it accounts for about 15 percent of total expenses for a typical dairy enterprise
July 25 2016
Sorting behavior starts with calves. Cows are creatures of habit, and as science is showing, the formation of their behavioral tendencies begins early in their lives. According to Emily Miller-Cushon,...
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