Jan. 14 2022
Running a dairy farm means there is a lot to think about . . . animal health and welfare, nutrition and production, labor issues, finances and capital investment decisions, controlling costs
Jan. 14 2022
For many of us, busy days are good days. Some of us even thrive on the really hectic, busy days. I have observed, over the years, the dairy farmers who are hardcore throttle enthusiasts
Jan. 14 2022
Alfalfa is known for its high nutritional value, and that makes it a valued forage source. However, alfalfa is often hindered nutritionally because of the indigestible lignin components
Jan. 14 2022
When temperatures are between 59°F and 82°F, a dairy calf can manage and control its body temperature with relative ease. “They are generating metabolic body heat and have normal exchange...
Jan. 14 2022
A dispute panel agreed with the claim brought forth by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) that Canada breached its obligations regarding dairy imports
Jan. 14 2022
culture. In the world of dairy, “culture” can take several meanings. It is defined as the beginning of cheesemaking where the microbes are infused throughout the milk
Jan. 14 2022
We hire a veterinarian to do some in vitro fertilization (IVF) work on a few of our animals from higher genetic cow families
Jan. 14 2022
The long awaited publication of the eighth edition of Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) includes a chapter on calf nutrition
Jan. 14 2022
The 2021 forage year was a challenge for some due to drought and wildfires. Yet, it bore good news for others with favorable growing conditions and yields
Jan. 1 2022
When parking my tractor and feed wagon in the shed, I have poor visibility and it’s hard to know when I have driven far enough ahead. So, I came up with this simple solution
Jan. 1 2022
Scours is one of the most common calfhood illnesses, and it remains a widespread issue on farms. According to the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association’s Gold Standards, farms should aim for less than...
Jan. 1 2022
The dairy market disruptions from COVID-19 through 2020 and into 2021 exposed flaws in the foundation of U.S. dairy policy and milk pricing. Numerous discussions have been had over negative producer
Jan. 1 2022
Today’s milk case offers a variety of products differentiated by flavor, fat content, package size, and other characteristics that call out to consumers, but that’s not all
Jan. 1 2022
I have heard that snowflakes are unique, and if I were to put each flake under a microscope, I would find that each one is different than the other
Jan. 1 2022
Carbohydrates often make up 60% or more of the ration dry matter and provide 70% to 80% of the cow’s energy needs
Jan. 1 2022
Anyone purchasing feed for livestock knows that hay prices have been on an upward trajectory. In fact, the average alfalfa hay price reported by USDA-NASS for September 2021 was $209
Dec. 29 2021
Dairy News as reported in the Washington Dairygrams for the January 10, 2022, issue of Hoard's Dairyman
Dec. 14 2021
While consulting for a dairy business in Australia roughly 10 years ago, I remember seeing small pickup trucks or “utes” with diesel engines for the first time
Dec. 14 2021
Dairy News as reported in the Washington Dairygrams for the December 2021 issue of Hoard's Dairyman
Dec. 14 2021
A new bug is gaining ground on our farms. This summer, two questions became commonplace from many of the farmers whom we work with in the Northeast