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Plastic sand-bedding retainer improves Wisconsin freestall barn

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Dairy basics - Cow Comfort
Written by Progressive Dairyman Writer Michael Cox   
Friday, 04 September 2015 13:02

Troy Sellen installing bedding retainers

The improved cow comfort, production and health benefits of sand-bedded barns have resulted in many dairymen converting existing facilities to sand-based systems. For Troy Sellen, a dairyman from Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, installing the correct type of sand-bedding retainer was a key factor in achieving the benefits of sand bedding in his retrofit 330-cow freestall barn.


Simple ways to save energy on the dairy

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Jim Salfer, Erin Cortus and Kevin Janni   
Thursday, 03 September 2015 15:06

Milking systems and lighting are two major areas of energy use on dairy farms, but there are money savings to be captured by performing proper maintenance and investing in energy-efficient equipment.


Can a dairy manager be too focused on his employees? Yes!

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Jorge M. Estrada   
Monday, 24 August 2015 13:41

wallet in handEditor’s note: This article is part of a series of articles to review the four most common management philosophies that dairy managers employ. The first article in the series appeared here and reviewed the authority-obedience philosophy.


Use caution before switching to QuickBooks Online

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Rebecca Lampman   
Monday, 24 August 2015 13:34

age to manOn our dairy, I am in charge of “the books” and am quite comfortable with the QuickBooks software desktop format. I am able to enter and pay bills quickly and easily and perform payroll within the program.


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

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Curtis Bosma   
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.


Dairy safety and health: Start with the big three

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Dan M. Hair   
Friday, 21 August 2015 16:08

dairy cowDairy farming is a revered way of life. Famous folk from evangelist Billy Graham to Hall of Fame basketball coach Pat Summit have extolled the virtues of working on a dairy farm.


How Holstein, Jersey breeds are taking form for the future

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Friday, 21 August 2015 14:40

jersey and holstein cowsThe future of the dairy industry is not just black and white; it is brown, too.


The pros and cons of polled genetics

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Chrissy Meyer   
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.



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