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The pros and cons of polled genetics

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Friday, 21 August 2015 14:29

Polled dairy cattle trace back at least as far as pedigree records have been kept. The polled gene in dairy cattle is dominant over the horned gene, yet horned cattle are still much more prevalent in the global dairy population because few producers ever chose to select for polled cattle as part of their breeding program.


Why funding your futures positions can be ‘game of loans’

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Monday, 24 August 2015 13:24

The hurdle of hedging

Growing up on dairy farms in both California and Illinois, I saw firsthand the many decisions dairy producers make at every level of their operation to gain strategic advantages.


Is fertility compromised if you select for improved immunity?

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Friday, 21 August 2015 12:40

A dairy cow’s immune system, along with reproduction, is an important fitness trait.

It’s a trait that’s of major consideration for producers because the ability to find and identify cows with a superior immune response can reduce disease incidence and improve milk quality and farm profitability.


Beef on dairy: Creating a plan for your business

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Friday, 21 August 2015 14:22

You’ve asked some variation of the question, at least once, at some point in the last couple years. This is the same question everyone else in the dairy industry has asked sometime or other. The question is: “What’s up with this beef price, and how long is it going to stick around?”


Mechanics Corner: Don’t ‘flail’ to service compost turner

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Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:36

A piece of equipment that is not maintained properly is probably costing its owner in loss of production.

With a compost turner, the consequences can also extend to the end product. Compost that is not turned when needed suffers, and if it continues to go unturned, that compost becomes worthless.



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