March 30 2012
One of the most valuable resources on any dairy is the replacement heifer. As a group, they represent the most fertile population of females on the farm. In addition, if your sire selection has been wise,...
March 27 2012
Last month, we looked at the value of getting more cows pregnant earlier in lactation and reducing overall days open. Reducing days in milk for all cows in the herd results in greater profits. Let's look...
March 27 2012
The technology to produce sexed semen has been around for decades. But, it was not until recently that commercial application became a reality. We know that the sex-sorting technology can reliably raise...
March 27 2012
Use of gender- or sex-sorted A.I. semen continues to grow rapidly among U.S. dairy producers, even though the technology is still in its relative infancy. The first limited commercial distributions of...
March 27 2012
In the 1980s, a breakthrough in semen sexing technology was made by USDA researchers in the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California. The patents for this technology were licensed to a company named...
March 25 2012
USDA's pilot insurance project can provide insights into producer's demand for different levels of margin protection and the price they are willing to pay. Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle (LGM-D)...
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...
March 14 2012
Here is some additional information to compliment the March 25, 2012 article on page 190 of Hoard's Dairyman. A video of the pumpkin catapult taken by barreAccess.org Visit Carter and Stevens Farm Store...
March 14 2012
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March 10 2012
Historically, cows with poor dry matter intakes, negative energy balance, or poor health due to fresh cow problems caused by ketosis, milk fever, displaced abomasums, dystocia, retained placenta, or uterine...
Feb. 10 2012
Reestablishing estrous cycles after calving has been studied since the 1920s. Back then, Sir John Hammond of Cambridge made some of the first recorded observations in dairy cattle
Jan. 10 2012
Getting fresh cows off to a good start is important. Many reproductive disorders are complex and have their root in fresh cow conditions. A myth is a tradition or legend that attempts to express or explain...
Nov. 8 2011
Mahanna is with Pioneer, a DuPont Business, and is an adjunct professor at Iowa State University; Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and president of Oak Point...
Oct. 25 2011
The new footbath model recommends a 10- to 12-foot length, 10-inch depth, 24-inch width, and one removable sidewall. Both sidewalls should be angled in, starting at about 3 feet above the floor of the...
Oct. 21 2011
The All Dairy Antiques and Collectibles Show was held September 16 to 21 at the Farm show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as part of the All-American Dairy Show. A framed history of...
Oct. 10 2011
Management of the fresh cow during the first 21 days of lactation is a critical control point for maximizing health and productivity on all dairy farms. Identifying an off-feed fresh cow was a breeze when...
Sept. 29 2011
Is feeding steers worth it? Here are some additional resources to compliment the September 25, 2011 issue of Hoard's Dairyman. This information contains reports and worksheets. Wisconsin Beef Information...
Sept. 10 2011
Surplus moisture during vegetative growth appears to have the greatest effect on reducing NDFD (neutral detergent fiber digestibility)
Sept. 2 2011
The main article on Bert Stewart appears in the 2011 World Dairy Expo supplement on page 7. Here we share some additional interview questions that did not appear in the supplement. In the first decade...
Aug. 25 2011
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for growing crops. But in the wrong place - in excess concentration in streams, rivers, and lakes - it can lead to algal blooms