Aug. 19 2011
by Dr. Sheila McGuirk School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin An article a while back about giving probiotics to new calves said to not give it to them until they have had their first 24...
Aug. 19 2011
Does feeding a dfm to fresh cows affect performance? Researchers at Ohio State looked into whether feeding a direct-fed microbial, Propionibacterium strain P169, impacted fresh cow performance. They found...
Aug. 19 2011
Q. What are your thoughts on direct-fed microbials (DFMs) to improve rumen efficiency or reduce the chances of acidosis with today's high price of ingredients? Where do you think the price per head per...
Aug. 19 2011
by Michael F. Hutjens The author is an extension dairy specialist at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Feed additives are ingredients added for a non-nutrient role. (For example, sodium bicarb...
Aug. 15 2011
If the appropriate conditions are met, late summer alfalfa seeding is an opportunity you should take advantage of. According to Dan Undersander, extension forage agronomist at the University of Wisconsin,...
Aug. 10 2011
The article on page 536 of the August 25, 2011 issue discusses costs of raising replacement heifers. It describes both the cash and accrual methods of accounting for heifer values. The figure here is an...
Aug. 10 2011
by Ev Thomas and Bill Mahanna Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and president of Oak Point Agronomics Ltd.; Mahanna is with Pioneer, a DuPont Business, and is...
July 15 2011
Kathryn Bach and Anna Smith, both veterinary students at the University of Pennsylvania, had the opportunity during the summer of 2010 to work on a 6,700 cow dairy in China. They spent each week in a separate...
June 30 2011
Prevention still is our most powerful medicine. Dry cow treatment and medicated replacers are getting scrutiny. by William M. Sischo and Dale A. Moore The authors are in the Food and Waterborne Disease...
June 20 2011
by Ellen R. Jordan, Ph.D The author is Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist, Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service in the Texas A&M System. Additional charts to compliment the June 2011 article
June 15 2011
Sulfur and potassium deficiency could be reducing alfalfa yields. The survey reported in this article was funded by the Midwest Forage Association
June 10 2011
Harvest decisions dictate alfalfa's value, fate. Mahanna is with Pioneer, a DuPont Business, and is an adjunct professor at Iowa State University. Site selection, good soil fertility, and a forgiving growing...
June 2 2011
Conditioning and wide swaths speed dry down
May 26 2011
Birth Date Predictor Chart This handy hint was printed in the May 25, 2011 issue. I work at a local dairy farm. One of my jobs is sketching calves and registering them. In the process, I compare the service...
May 23 2011
Two articles were referenced in the May 25, 2011 issue. From the May 25, 2002 Hoard's Dairyman on page 389. Click here to download the pdf. The article content is printed below. From the May 25, 2005 Hoard's...
May 13 2011
Pennsylvania updates custom and rental rates Determining if a quoted custom rate is a fair price can be somewhat challenging especially with today's higher fuel costs. To help give all parties perspective...
April 29 2011
Probably among the best-known lines in English literature are from William Shakespeare's Hamlet's soliloquy: "To be, or not to be, that is the question."
April 29 2011
Corn populations and row width deserve review. Summarizing corn population research can be daunting. There are reams of studies that address specific
April 12 2011
Heat hits cows sooner than we thought by R. B. Zimbleman and R. J. Collier The authors are with the Department of Animal Science at the University of Arizona, Tucson. They are affected at a THI of 68....
March 31 2011
Grass is finding newfound respect by Ev Thomas and Bill Mahanna Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and is the president of Oak Point Agronomics Ltd., Hammond, N.Y....