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
The author is in the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Ketosis is underrecognized on most farms and is associated with several clinical...
April 28 2010
Well fed is still best fed Protein and fat still have value. Don't leave money on the table with low milk components. He previously managed large dairies in California and Hawaii
April 28 2010
Limit feeding heifers . . . What we've learned and what we recommend. After six years of limit-feeding research at Penn State, the system seems to get better with each study. BY GEOFF ZANTON AND JUD HEINRICHS...
April 28 2010
Sorting through the research on yeast. He previously managed large dairies in California and Hawaii. Even though yeast has been included in rations for many years and experts agree that it does benefit...
April 28 2010
We're learning more about what keeps cows healthy Basic research is helping us understand what we've been seeing on farms. We can make immune systems stronger
April 28 2010
The authors are in the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Large milk and feed price fluctuations create anxiety and uncertainties. Profit margin may shrink rapidly when milk...
April 28 2010
The author is an extension dairy specialist at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. With current milk price and feed costs and the loss of BST in some milk markets, people raise questions about...
April 28 2010
The author has a dairy nutrition consulting business, Paradox Nutrition, LLC, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Feeding commodities presents a challenge of maintaining quality and controlling wastage or shrink of feed...
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 25 2010
To boost transition success, focus on feed bunk space, pen moves, ample-size free stalls or bedded packs, surface cushion, and effective screening of cows needing attention. In 2005, we surveyed the transition...
April 25 2010
Wide rows, quick dry-down, same-day harvest leads to more milk potential. Forage quality drives milk production. And the only measure of forage quality that truly matters is the quality of forage that...