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Laurelbrook Farm raises calves to produce 100-pound average

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:24

Laurelbrook Farm calves

“What you put into those calves, you’re going to get out as 2-year-olds,” Cricket Jacquier, owner of Laurelbrook Farm, says. “I’m convinced of that. You can’t have a hiccup along the way.”


Names in the News: Mike Borden

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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 15:29

Borden familyThe New York Times recently spotlighted O.A. Borden & Sons dairy in Schaghticoke, New York, which has switched to a robotic milking system. Seventh-generation dairyman Mike Borden talks about the experience of being interviewed for the article.


A regulatory review of Federal Milk Marketing Orders

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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 13:21

rear view mirrorThe federal milk marketing orders have existed in one form or another for more than 80 years. Twenty years ago, Congress mandated a full review and reform of the order system, which was completed in 1999. California was then offered the opportunity to join the federal system.


Opportunities for savings with less silage shrink

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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 11:37

cows eating silage

Arguably the single greatest expense in silage production is not land cost, fertilizer, planting, seed, pesticide or even harvest cost – it is silage shrink. With energy values similar to corn grain, the material lost represents some of the highest value nutrients in the feed.


How to troubleshoot low milk fat yields

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Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:14

Even though there has been variation within the marketplace, the overall value of milk components has risen in the past decade. Milk fat and protein are the principal drivers of prices paid to dairy producers. Plus, research shows greater net income from a 5 percent increase in milk fat or protein versus a 5 percent increase in milk yield.



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