All Guest Blogs are provided to Hoard’s Dairyman by members of the dairy industry. Content is created and owned by the organizations that submit them.
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Oct. 21 2021
The search for feed efficiency is a journey. When margins tighten, many dairy farmers take a magnifying glass to their herds to find cost-saving opportunities. Focusing on feed efficiency can help your...
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Oct. 18 2021
Consumers continue to love dairy products, with 91% and 92% of folks nationwide consuming milk and cheese, according to a 2019 U.S. Department of Agriculture funded report compiled by Atlantic Corporation....
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Oct. 11 2021
Growers know how important silage inoculants are to the fermentation process. But how important is the process of creating the inoculant to the effectiveness of the inoculant?
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Sept. 20 2021
We analyzed the maternity workflow and here are our suggestions for making newborn care less labor intensive
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Sept. 13 2021
Higher milk component yield directly impacts profitability for dairy producers. And it offers an important measurement of cow health and nutrition
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Aug. 30 2021
As we enter silage harvest season, it’s important to ensure proper silage management to reduce the impact of mold and mycotoxin contamination in your rations
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Aug. 23 2021
As growers check for quality, one area they should pay special attention to is the fermentation process. To ensure the fermentation process went well for silage, there are several indicators growers can...
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Aug. 16 2021
Building a dairy cattle feed ration is about more than just the feed that ends up in the bunk. It’s about partnerships built between you and your nutritionist to tackle challenges and find solutions...
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Aug. 9 2021
When dry matter intake drops, so can milk production. This undesirable combination often occurs during the summer months as cows change their feeding behavior to help keep cool. High-performing dairy cows...
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Aug. 2 2021
You’ve likely been told “variety A will produce more milk than variety B” when choosing your forage crop varieties.The problem with this claim is that it probably doesn’t work exactly...
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July 26 2021
The rumen hosts a complex microbial ecosystem containing many thousands of unique microorganisms (microbes) dynamically interacting with each other that together enable a dairy cow to access energy from...
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July 19 2021
Drive-over piles are a common silage storage structure. A well-constructed silage pile can be one of the most economical choices for storing forage
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July 12 2021
Consumer acceptance and food choices are shaping world demand for dairy products. Food safety, sustainability, animal welfare 1 are the most important and valuable key drivers, also for new policies
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July 5 2021
As purchased feed costs rise, farms must get as much nutritional value as possible from their homegrown forages
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June 28 2021
Dairy cows have the incredible capacity to upcycle recalcitrant plant matter into nutritious milk. They do this with their secret weapon: the dairy cow rumen microbiome
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June 21 2021
There are more microbes in the rumen of a single dairy cow than humans on earth. If you think it’s challenging for all those people to work together, imagine what’s going on in the rumen
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June 14 2021
Fly control on a dairy operation can feel like an overwhelming task. There are a number of different areas that need to be treated and maintained to protect your animals, employees, and bottom line
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June 7 2021
Endovac-Dairy is a vaccine and is commonly administered several times in the first month of the calf’s life to get the bacterial protection from Endovac
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May 31 2021
Labor and raw material shortages are causing chaos across global supply chains. Freight lines are in desperate need of truckers. Costs for steel, lumber, and plastic/petrochemicals are all at all-time...
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May 24 2021
Whether fat is of animal origin, a manufactured source of rumen protected fat, whole oil seeds and oil seed products, or corn milling products, the cost of energy is high. But, if you consider the energy...