Aug. 19 2021
dairy enterprise efficiency is vital. We all know that. “Feed efficiency” is often calculated as the pounds of 3.5% fat-corrected milk produced per pound of dry matter consumed
Aug. 15 2021
Sometimes our hay and silage samples were getting burned because we forgot to turn the moisture tester off after the allotted time was up
Aug. 15 2021
Corn must be ensiled at the proper moisture for optimum fermentation. However, determining whole plant moisture can be problematic
Aug. 15 2021
Dirty data clouds our ability to see what’s going on and can contribute toward efficiency challenges
Aug. 15 2021
In my April 25, 2021, column titled, “Keep an eye on the five major farm risks,” I introduced the “Five categories of risk” that farmers face
Aug. 15 2021
When it comes to caring for our animals, dairy farmers overwhelmingly believe in the science backing up vaccinations
July 19 2021
To keep our semen tank off of the concrete, we set it on a mover’s dolly. This makes it very easy for the tank to be rolled out to the truck when filling it with nitrogen
July 19 2021
Duane and I have been registering our cattle with the Holstein Association USA for as long as we have been raising animals. We have always seen tremendous value in this protocol
July 12 2021
Allow me to introduce you to the Wisconsin Udder Tuggers. Their commitment to celebrating June Dairy Month has connected thousands of people to the dairy industry
July 12 2021
Krysta Harden begins her tenure with the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) at a time when U.S. dairy exports have been experiencing growth
July 12 2021
Scientists from Bjørknes University College in Oslo, Norway, have joined a growing group of nutrition experts in challenging the long-standing notion that saturated fats promote heart disease
July 9 2021
Negative producer price differentials (PPDs) have inspired a lot of conversations about Federal Milk Marketing Orders, including reviving concerns or questions about some things that have been lingeri
June 10 2021
White noise is useful for some businesses. They have a consistent hum running through the offices to keep employees focused on their work and to give them a bit of privacy in an open office setting
June 10 2021
For heifer feed troughs, we use half of a ditch culvert. We make metal brackets for them and use wooden half circles to close up the ends
June 10 2021
We use this cart for hauling small square bales inside our barn. It is 5 feet long and 3 feet wide, and it is made of stainless steel so it doesn’t rust
June 10 2021
To teach our calves to drink from the water trough, we take one ball completely out so they can easily access water on one side and learn how to operate the ball in the other
June 10 2021
When purchasing a new truck, you recognize that different trim levels, accessories, and engine displacements are factors that contribute to the vehicle’s value
June 10 2021
Starting in August 2021, dairy producers will have at their disposal an enhanced Lifetime Net Merit (NM$) index, the selection tool designed to maximize cows’ lifetime profitability
June 10 2021
If there’s one thing that’s become totally apparent to me in the three years since I stepped away from hands-on farm management, it’s that the same problems and challenges happen on almost...
June 10 2021
Krysta Harden’s work ethic matches that of any U.S. dairy farmer. As a daughter of multigeneration Georgia peanut farmers, Harden knows the value of a full day’s work on the family farm
June 10 2021
In my previous column, “Keep an eye on the five major farm risks,” in the April 25, 2021, issue, I introduced the “five categories of risk” that farmers face