Nov. 14 2023
Calves enter a world filled with bacteria, viruses, and parasites. These organisms can make them sick or even lead to death
Nov. 14 2023
Having just wrapped up a phone call with a nutritionist regarding farm programs related to sustainability and carbon credits, the time is right to revisit the topic
Oct. 17 2023
Russ was so excited to tell me about his new plans for calf rearing, even though some of those plans had been forced upon him
Oct. 17 2023
Sometimes our newborn calves don’t want to walk in from the field
Oct. 17 2023
We all have had that special calf that we could designate the princess of the farm — a calf that stands out above the rest
Oct. 17 2023
Here's the challenge: Cow milking routines are designed to facilitate a gentle, quick, and complete milk harvest
Oct. 17 2023
Dairy producers must constantly evaluate their operations to limit economic losses and secure a profit
Oct. 17 2023
Historically, we’ve been enamored with dairy farm output. Producing more milk per cow has equated to bragging rights, and milk per cow has been the performance indicator we’ve tracked closely...
Oct. 16 2023
When the production of ketone bodies gets beyond a certain concentration in blood, that is when the problems appear
Sept. 15 2023
The author is a partner and large animal veterinarian at Thumb Veterinary Services in Deckerville, Mich. What a difference a year makes!Mark Fox, D.V.M.The year 2022 will go down in the dairy books as...
Sept. 15 2023
Regardless of the cropping season, now is a great time to think about how you can maximize your herd’s response to the forages you’ve harvested. Proper grouping and allocation of forages is...
Sept. 13 2023
We needed a counterweight for our tractor
Sept. 13 2023
The author and her husband, Duane, own and operate a 550-cow dairy in Cochranville, Pa.Someone recently told me, “What we do a lot of, we typically do well.”
Sept. 8 2023
Feeding high-quality colostrum is recognized as a critical factor to raising healthy calves. In addition to supplying important immunological components, colostrum is rich in nutrients, hormones, and and...
Sept. 8 2023
With so much attention placed on animal welfare, the perspective of farmers is often overlooked, even though they are the ones who provide care to animals daily and have the greatest impact on animal welfare
Sept. 6 2023
In 2021, rains came on time and in the right quantities, and the corn made some of the best yields we’ve seen. But as we all know, there’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and lip — or...
Sept. 6 2023
It’s harvest time — or soon will be — for corn silage in many dairy areas
Aug. 31 2023
My social media news feeds are about 20% updates from family and friends, 20% communication with other veterinarians about cases and practice, 40% a waste of time with someone trying to sell me something...
Aug. 15 2023
Instead of searching for a place to fasten our chains, we welded three hooks along our skid steer bucket
Aug. 15 2023
If i asked this audience of readers to raise your hand if you did not grow up on a dairy farm, the odds are high that several of you would raise your hand because you migrated into the dairy business through...
Aug. 15 2023
What effects do the smoky haze and low air quality have on people, cows, and calves where we farm in the Upper Midwest?