Quality milk begins with attention to detail.
Oct. 10 2015
Maximize heifers' udder health. Bred heifers represent the future of the milking herd in all dairy operations, and it is critical that udder health be maximized to ensure that these young animals freshen...
July 11 2013
Want to share milking tips with Hispanic labor? We've translated "Perfecting your parlor dance" into Spanish. Visit www.hoards.com to see the article
May 25 2013
Generalmente creemos que el ordeño es una operación independiente del resto de la granja porque la rutina de ordeño empieza y termina en la sala, pero en realidad es un esfuerzo en...
May 25 2013
It usually takes two to tango in the parlor, but your routine begins and ends in the barn. Once the unit is on, check your alignment - it's one of the most neglected areas in milking. Whether you waltz,...
March 25 2012
Amy's bulk tank SCC (BTSCC) varied from 250,000 to 500,000 and occasionally would be over 600,000. With the allowed level being lowered to 400,000, she needs a management plan that prevents those worst...
Jan. 10 2011
Relentless attention to details sets these National Dairy Quality Award winners apart. They're on top of everything from fastidious stall care to meticulous milking and from frequent use of CMT paddles...
Jan. 10 2011
61st Annual Hoard's Dairyman Round Table: How the top herds produce high-quality milk Top-quality milk: what it takes Here's a detailed look at the practices of the five Platinum winners in the National...
Jan. 10 2011
They produce the highest quality milk These farms pair preventative practices with effective mastitis treatment. The six Platinum winners in this year's National Dairy Quality Awards competition work closely...
Sept. 22 2010
Clean, dry, and comfortable - those should be the goals of every dairy producer when it comes to cows and their housing conditions. If those goals are met, odds are your dairy can produce quality milk...
May 10 2010
Err on the side of safety to avoid milk residues. When a cow needs medication, the first treatment step (before any medications are administered) should be the application of some form of semi-permanent...
April 28 2010
Compost barns helping udder health and cow comfort. Compost, when managed correctly, can serve as a great tool to improve milk quality. There are many ways to successfully utilize and manage a compost...
April 28 2010
Ten tips to bolster milking performance. Now would be a good time to review common confusions on your dairy's milking procedure and determine which procedures are not based on sound science. Those not...
April 28 2010
Not all mastitis cases hurt us the same way. As every dairy producer knows, clinical mastitis is a common and persistent problem. It may occur several times during a lactation, with various consequences...
April 28 2010
Poor-quality milk has hidden costs. "Our focus continues to be on clean, comfortable cows
April 28 2010
Type of mastitis affects your loss. In a previous article (August 10, 2009, issue, page 492), we examined the impact of whether the first versus subsequent cases of clinical mastitis (without pathogen...
April 28 2010
Keep teats protected from winter weather It's true that cows enjoy the cooler weather, but, as the temperature drops, so does the cow's ability to maintain skin moisture. Chapped skin isn't just painful...
April 28 2010
59th Annual Hoard's Dairyman Round Table Low numbers add up to top quality milk Rock-bottom SCCs and bacteria counts put these seven operations at the pinnacle of milk quality. Here, they share how it's...
April 28 2010
National Dairy Quality Award Winners From more than 220 applicants, these operations stood out for having produced high-quality milk consistently. Applications were evaluated for measures of quality, systems...
April 25 2010
Are solids a solid bedding? Dried manure solids can make cents, and here's research that says it makes sense from a cow health perspective
April 10 2010
The milking system checks you need. Whether you use the latest high-tech robot or a traditional milking system, maintaining your system's peak performance is crucial to prevent profits from going down...