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....
March 25 2011
Most growers have limited experiences with Roundup Ready alfalfa. While RR alfalfa may have its place in crop rotations, it is not an option for mixed forage stands. A comparison of recent genetic advancement...
March 25 2011
How you feed matters, too. It's not just what you feed. TMR audits reveal the bottlenecks to getting consistent intakes and milk production. Avoid overfilling, one of the most common mistakes that keep...
March 25 2011
Keep an eye out for mycotoxin problems. Mycotoxin is a general term for a poison produced by a fungus. Only certain strains of certain fungi produce mycotoxins and only under certain environmental conditions
Jan. 25 2011
Why treatment protocols are so important. This article is part of a series being prepared in cooperation with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Protocols ensure sick animals get relief...
Jan. 10 2011
The foundation of our rations has been and always will be forage. That's the way the ruminant's digestive system works
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...
Dec. 15 2010
Years of repeated tillage and equipment traffic have left many farm soils compacted. In some cases, this compaction can cause water to pond and also lead to shallow root depths which limit crop yields....
Dec. 15 2010
Why feeding strategy is so important There seem to be clear benefits to feeding for fewer refusals. The key is consistent intakes. by Bill Stone, D.V.M. The author is a dairy veterinarian and nutritionist...
Dec. 15 2010
When a cow's intake of energy does not meet her energy needs for maintenance and milk production, she begins to burn fat as an energy source. One common form of ketosis (Type I) occurs when a cow is in...