June 18 2019
There are a lot of terrible things being said about the dairy industry right now, and it isn’t going to stop
June 11 2019
The last thing the dairy industry needed while it’s down is an abuse video . . . but that’s exactly what we got
May 24 2019
Aventilation system for adult dairy cows must provide fresh air year-round and fast-moving air in the resting space to aid summertime cooling
May 24 2019
Our understanding about cow comfort is continually improving. However, assessing and translating these needs to fit specific situations can be a challenge
March 25 2019
Lameness isn’t a concern among heifers on most dairy farms. In recent years, though, a heifer hoof issue has appeared, and common rearing practices may be to blame.
March 20 2019
I hear all these people going on the “Keto” diet, and it is driving me nuts! All I can think of is, “KETOSIS IS BAD!”
March 10 2019
Dairy farmers know that each breed has unique characteristics; some are beneficial while others are challenging. For example, the Jersey cow is known for being more susceptible to milk fever
Feb. 20 2019
Every day we serve. We serve our family, our cows, and our community
Feb. 15 2019
Heat stress during late gestation has significant negative effects on the productivity of the cow in the next lactation. Emerging evidence suggests that the developing fetus is also negatively impacted,...
Jan. 31 2019
It feels as if there has been 100 days in the month of January. My guess is some of you can relate. Over the last 10 days, the temperature has not risen above 10°F, with the coldest day at -50°F...
Jan. 15 2019
It was supposed to be a routine disbudding for a group of calves, but for one small Jersey, something went wrong
Nov. 29 2018
Every once in a blue moon we have a cold, sickness, or milk production drop from a feed change hit our herd. If you’re a dairyman, I am quite sure you have dealt with these things before
Oct. 25 2018
Do you know how much lameness is costing your farm? Some of the expenses associated with lameness are obvious, like the cost of treatment
Oct. 25 2018
What do you consider a successful transition for a dairy cow? Is success measured by the absence of disease? A cow’s ability to ramp up milk production? Breeding back with relative ease?
Oct. 25 2018
Heat stress poses significant problems for the lactating cow. The extra heat produced due to greater feed consumption and metabolism makes it difficult for a cow to maintain normal body temperature
Oct. 23 2018
You can find some pretty neat things by going through the archives of Hoard’s Dairyman
Oct. 10 2018
Several of our weaned heifers recently developed really loose bloody diarrhea within a week of returning from a show. They were all about 4 to 5 months old and were in great health prior to this
Sept. 25 2018
I’ve recently read Charles Dickens’ last novel, Our Mutual Friend, published in 1865. It opens with a section titled, “The cup and the lip.”
Sept. 25 2018
Transition cow success has improved on many dairies in the last 20 years. Many dairy producers have effectively focused on improved cow comfort during the transition period
Sept. 19 2018
As consumers continue to drive the market based on fear and misinformation while manufacturers continue to bend to their will, the dairy industry will continue to see useful technology challenged and marketed...