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Dec. 16 2019
Inbreeding is a complicated process. It has gained concern over the past decade as it’s become even easier to distribute sought-after genetics into more and more populations
Dec. 16 2019
Since corn silage makes up a considerable amount of many dairy rations, interpreting its make up is one of the more critical tasks of a feeding team
Dec. 16 2019
The age at first calving has been trending downward, with many farms aiming to bring heifers into the milking herd at 22 months or even younger
Dec. 9 2019
With winter comes new struggles in maintaining a dairy: fixing frozen pipes and alley scrapers, managing icy conditions for animals and employees, and even moving supplies and equipment through deep snow
Dec. 9 2019
“The entire dairy is equipped with headlocks. Lockup time is one of our main focuses, and our goal is 30 minutes or less of lockup time,” said Chris Terra, a Platinum winner of the Dairy Cattle...
Dec. 9 2019
Characterizing the potential rumen degradation properties of starch in corn silage and corn grain has been a challenge for those involved in dairy nutrition
Dec. 9 2019
The median farm household income is forecasted to average $76,191 in 2019. That’s an improvement of 5.1 percent from 2018 levels and 3.2 percent better when adjusted for inflation
Dec. 9 2019
With the milk price component of the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) calculation climbing for the tenth consecutive month in October, and margin levels above the $9.50 threshold since August, the fact that...
Dec. 2 2019
“Cows are watched for heats as soon as the postfresh cows are 25 days in milk (DIM),” said Brian Schilling, a Platinum winner of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council’s 12th annual awards...
Dec. 2 2019
In the seemingly ever-expanding plant-based product market, a new line of oat drinks and blends are coming to grocery stores next year
Dec. 2 2019
Certainly, social stress in dairy cattle has gained traction as we have learned more about stress’s impact on cattle performance
Dec. 2 2019
Early childhood is a key time to establish eating patterns, but with so many options, it can be confusing to know which drinks are healthy and which to avoid
Dec. 2 2019
“We need to commit to leading and developing new markets,” said Randy Mooney
Nov. 25 2019
“Double ovsynch is our choice of presynch method for all first services. We have tried other synch programs and have even gone without a synch program, but no alternatives have delivered the consistent...
Nov. 25 2019
Wages are up. That’s been a common refrain over the last several years. Anecdotal evidence is all around us, and the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and USDA allows us to see the magnitude...
Nov. 25 2019
Dairy farmers may have found the best of both worlds — with a practice that’s already relatively common
Nov. 25 2019
As the end of each year draws near, people often reflect on the successes and failures of the past and the possibilities for the months to come
Nov. 25 2019
Just like stress in humans, stress in cows isn’t like other diseases we treat. Instead of being diagnosed the cow is sick or the cow is not, stress is something that amasses as one stress piles on...
Nov. 18 2019
A voluntary waiting period (VWP) of 88 days is the longest calving-to-breeding period among all the finalists in this year’s Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council’s awards competition
Nov. 18 2019
It’s no secret that milk quality has improved enormously over the last few decades. In fact, DHI records indicate that the national average for somatic cell counts has fallen from 304,000 cells/mL...
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