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World Ag Expo hosts guided school tours

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Friday, 27 February 2015 18:10

WAE school tours presentations

This year, the International Agri-Center’s (IAC) World Ag Expo embarked on a new adventure by hosting guided school tours on Thursday, Feb. 12. The tours were about two hours long and lasted from 9 a.m. to noon; after which, attendees were free to tour the grounds on their own.


The cost of subclinical ketosis

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Friday, 20 February 2015 15:48

cow and calfNegative energy balance (NEB) occurs in early lactation dairy cattle when the energy they need for milk production exceeds the amount available through feed intake. To have more energy, these cows break down fat stores to produce non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) and ketone bodies (e.g., beta-hydroxybutyrate, BHBA), which act as alternate fuel sources.


Risk is a four-letter word

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Friday, 20 February 2015 16:53

Never in my wildest dreams did I picture myself living and working in Chicago as a licensed commodity futures and options broker. The son of a third-generation dairy farmer, I grew up on a farm in Tulare County, California.

My background on the farm gives me a very unique perspective on the work I do now. I have seen first-hand the challenges and frustrations producers have when the markets do not move in their favor.


Maximize profits, find losses early with milk pregnancy test

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Thursday, 19 February 2015 18:58

An effective cow and heifer breeding program is key to maximizing your long-term profitability. Extended calving intervals can quickly lead to lower overall production and higher reproductive culling rates, which is why it is important to identify open cows as swiftly and accurately as possible. Adding a milk-based pregnancy test to the pregnancy checking protocol may be the tool to do just that.



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