May 25 2016
Don't just stand there Cows that stand too much may be telling you something about cow comfort in your barn. Inadequate flooring can cause lameness and discourage cows from eating, thus impacting milk...
May 25 2016
Imagine how frustrating it is to aim at a moving target. It can make you feel annoyed, stressed, and even defeated. Unfortunately, this is the very challenge faced by many young dairy exhibitors in showmanship...
May 25 2016
May is a wonderful time of new life. It means change. May is also the time when bright new veterinarians graduate from formal education into a lifetime of learning with dairy cows. Most understand that...
May 10 2016
This tool scrapes and rakes To help clean the freestalls on our farm, I welded a piece of angle iron to a steel rake and bolted a rubber strip to it. I use the rubber end to scrape manure out of the stalls...
May 10 2016
Long rooted in excellent genetics, these days industry-leading attention to genomics and calf care sets up Maddox Dairy for success. There are few dairies in the world that have been involved with embryo...
May 10 2016
Treat animals nicely.” “All animals must be treated better.” “Ensure all animals are treated with respect.” “Create tougher penalties for animal cruelty.” “Nature...
May 10 2016
Harvest forages, and in particular corn silage, with fresh cows in mind to make sure every bite counts. The author is an assistant professor in dairy nutrition and management with Iowa State University...
April 25 2016
Corn, grass or alfalfa silage should have nothing in common with the spoiling food found in many shop refrigerators. Yet, personal experience and research have shown spoiled forage exists on more farms...
April 25 2016
Not ALL proteins are created equal. As it turns out, whole milk delivers 32 percent more amino acids to the human diet than the best available plant source. Once this groundbreaking research makes its...
April 25 2016
A few weeks ago, one of our parish's Lenten living bulletin inserts raised concerns with an important part of our parish family, mainly those involved in agriculture. After hearing from a number of our...
April 22 2016
Handy Hint: April 25, 2016 A row of clean bottles I was looking for a way to rinse calf bottles thoroughly and efficiently. I took 1-inch PVC pipe, 4 feet long, and connected it to the hot water line....
April 10 2016
The dawn of the scientific community's ability to edit genes in dairy cattle is upon us. Where might the technology fit and how will it be received by consumers remain unanswered questions. Genetically...
April 10 2016
For years, a great number of us have relied on immigrant labor to milk cows and handle other farm tasks because most locals are unwilling to apply for farm jobs. With improving economic conditions in Mexico,...
April 10 2016
Recent milk check articles have done an excellent job explaining the current weaknesses in dairy markets both here and abroad. Unfortunately, little has changed in the past few months except the possibility...
April 5 2016
Handy Hint: April 10, 2016 Keep winter's wrath away from calves Here in southern Pennsylvania we received nearly 3 feet of snow during one storm in January, and I needed a way to keep that snow out of...
March 25 2016
With their knowledge of farm buildings, equipment and livestock, farmers bring unique skills to fire departments that prove valuable in emergency situations. Farmer-firefighters know shop setups, livestock...
March 25 2016
While all cows eventually leave the herd, groundbreaking research on six critical health issues should lead to healthier cows and fewer earlier-than-necessary herd departures. Genomics has allowed us to...
March 25 2016
James S. Baird enhanced the appearance of Hoard's Dairyman for multiple generations of readers. His contributions included dynamic cover photos, creative graphics, captivating Christmas covers and, of...
March 20 2016
Handy Hint: March 25, 2016 Gates are easier to open To easily open and close gates, Dave Clark of Godfrey Dairy developed this double-hook system. By creating a U-shaped pipe, one half of the U-bend fits...
March 10 2016
Barring a court injunction or higher ranking federal legislation, those selling food in Vermont must use package labels to declare foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). No matter where...