July 13 2018
Dairies normally have guidelines for culling cows, but how many of you have written rules or at least go through and cull calves and heifers on a regular basis?
May 22 2017
As the old pop song goes, “You’ve got to know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away and know when to run.”
Jan. 30 2017
“We need to look at dairy heifers like a beef operation,” Elanco’s John Lee told attendees at the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council’s annual gathering in Columbus, Ohio. “Dairy...
June 22 2015
Due to very favorable margins throughout the U.S. last year, dairy farmers were able to prepay many expenses at year's end for 2015. That situation may have given dairy producers a false sense of security...
March 9 2015
The information provided on DHIA culling in last week's Hoard's Dairyman Intel article, "Low production tops the culling list," actually comes from a report released by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding....
March 2 2015
It's hard to see the good ones go, but culling is an inevitable part of having a dairy and an important herd management tool. For decades, the Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) has been collecting...
Nov. 30 2012
Enticed by attractive beef prices and wary of scary feed costs, the downsizing of the U.S. dairy herd by milk producers is picking up speed
Jan. 25 2012
We were halfway through reproductive exams when Henry told me that they had sold a load of cull cows last week that averaged 1,900 pounds and that brought in over $1,100 each. At first, this seems very...
Sept. 23 2011
Severe drought and record high corn prices have made 2011 a nightmare for beef producers in Texas and surrounding states. One result, though, is the value of cull dairy cows has soared to levels milk producers...