July 3 2014
Solve your transition housing puzzle Well-designed transition barns should include space for cows to rest, eat and calve with minimal disruptions.There are four characteristics of excellent transition...
June 15 2014
The FDA is tightening antibiotic use in food animal production with a voluntary request to pharmaceutical companies. I've received numerous questions recently from local dairy producers who have heard...
June 15 2014
How do your hoof blocks wear? Wooden hoof blocks are commonly used in the treatment of toe, heel and sole ulcer-derived lameness. Traditionally, an epoxy glue is used to adhere a wooden block to the sound...
May 25 2014
These four features should be a part of every transition cow barn design. Room to eat, a comfortable place to lie and a stress-free calving environment all contribute to fresh cow performance. Excellent...
May 10 2014
The surgical correction of displaced abomasums is not only financially defensible, it's sound animal welfare. Mother Nature made two great mistakes when she designed the dairy cow. First, she placed the...
May 1 2014
Frequent soil testing and proper fertilization will help to ensure that your crop has an adequate supply of nutrients. by John Goeser and Dustin Sawyer Goeser is director of nutritional research and innovation...
March 31 2014
March 25 2014
The author has a dairy nutrition consulting business, Paradox Nutrition, LLC, in West Chazy, N.Y. At one time, I was a big advocate of two dry cow groups: a far-off group (60 to 21 days before calving)...
March 21 2014
The emphasis of dairy stockmanship training has always been on humane handling of cattle, and with that comes a secondary benefit - enhanced safety on the farm. Little did we know just how significant...
Feb. 27 2014
Soil sampling do's and don'ts. A soil analysis is only as good as the sample on which it was based. Therefore, sampling should be done by either the farm's crop consultant
Feb. 27 2014
Here is some additional information to compliment the March 10, 2014, article on page 170 of Hoard's Dairyman. photos by Paul Queck, a free-lance agricultural writer
Feb. 25 2014
Take a stand for cows that can't Down cows deserve special care to bring them back to health or, if necessary, to a humane end. by Geof W. Smith, D.V.M. The author is at the College of Veterinary Medicine,...
Feb. 25 2014
Dairy producer attitudes towards margin insurance were revealed during a series of workshops across Missouri designed to teach producers to insure their margins. In the process, we learned that margin...
Feb. 19 2014
Real dairy history took place when the President signed the new farm bill into law this past February. That momentous shift included the elimination of three underperforming dairy programs. Gone are dairy...
Feb. 19 2014
The MILC or Milk Income Loss Contract program was the first program that recognized that a safety net program needed to incorporate feed costs. However, MILC payments only offset 45 percent of the milk...
Feb. 10 2014
Hypocalcemia is more than a "low calcium" problem Milk fever cannot be overcome in a reactive fashion. Prevention programs must be in place to help cows successfully transition into lactation. To better...
Jan. 10 2014
There's no substitute for plastic on bunkers. Thomas is retired from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute and president of Oak Point Agronomics Ltd.; Mahanna is with DuPont Pioneer and...
Dec. 31 2013
But simple practices can help calves survive and thrive, even after a difficult birth. Do you know how many calves you lost as a result of dystocia last year?
Dec. 15 2013
From the moment of birth, calves learn how to interact with us. Make it a pleasant experience, and you'll have calmer cows when they enter the parlor. Let's face it: the long-term economic health of the...
Dec. 12 2013
People have known for a long time that rough handling and stress is detrimental to dairy cattle. Over 100 years ago, W. D. Hoard, founder of Hoard's Dairyman, wrote that people working with dairy cows...