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Colorado State University team examines dairy-cattle microorganisms to improve food safety

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Friday, 05 December 2014 10:14

Dairy Cows

The bacterium Escherichia coli is among the most troublesome pathogens in the context of food safety, and a Colorado State University veterinary team hopes to help mitigate its spread on dairy farms by investigating microbial dynamics in the dairy-cow gut.

 

Progressive Dairyman's Top 25 of 2014

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:04

top 25 Progressive Dairyman articles of 2014Each December, Progressive Dairyman pulls a list of our most popular online content, based on Google Analytics. This list reflects content published at www.progressivedairy.com during the timeframe of Nov. 1, 2013 through Nov. 1, 2014.

Be sure to visit the links below to read each article in its entirety and see follow-up questions and responses.

 

Best On-Farm Fixes: Calf hutch fan

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Thursday, 04 December 2014 13:23

tubingTubing helps clear the air

The calf hutches at Emmerich Dairy in Wheeler, Illinois, had a ventilation problem. A machine shed and a freestall barn upwind of the hutches prevented them from getting the breezes needed to keep the calves cool and the hutches ventilated on the 70-cow dairy. Farm hand Ben Emmerich’s brother Lucas found a solution.

 

Names in the News: Andy and Sarah Birch

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Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:23

Names in the NewsAndy Birch and his wife, Sarah, own Maple Grove Farm in Derby, Vermont. They milk 50 registered Holsteins, Jerseys and Brown Swiss, and farm 45 acres of corn and 70 acres of pasture.

 

Successfully converting tiestall herds to robotic milking

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:33

tiestall barnOver the years, any time I face a client that is 3X-milking conventionally and is looking to transition to robots, I can feel my stress levels rise.

From a pure milk-production perspective, this is one of the most challenging transitions because of the many rapid and simultaneous changes the cows will see as they move to the new system.

 


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