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6 questions you must ask before selecting a stray voltage expert

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Rick McClenning   
Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:36

1. Do they have a proven, step-by-step process that ensures your time and money will be well invested?

The cold hard truth about stray voltage is that it may not be the source of your problem. Odd livestock behaviors, decrease in milk production, reproduction issues – those are all symptoms typical to a stray voltage problem, but in reality, they can have many causes that may be intertwined with one another. The pie chart below shows this.


Video: Feeding calves with an autofeeder system, Part 3

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:04

In this video, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, walks us through the data autofeeder systems provide and highlights key indicators that can help you best manage your calves.


4 reasons why anaerobic digesters fail

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by John F. Katers and Ryan Holzem   
Monday, 29 June 2015 15:53

In partial response to the energy crisis in the early 1970s, anaerobic digesters were installed at nearly 200 dairy farms across the U.S., only for the vast majority of these systems to shut down or fail after just a few years of operation.

However, with improvements in anaerobic digester technology, as well as a better understanding of the anaerobic digestion process, there was a resurgence of anaerobic digesters being installed on large dairy farms beginning in the late 1990s and continuing to this day.


Evolving the authority-obedience management philosophy

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Jorge Estrada   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 12:31

Drawing of menDan comes into the milking parlor. The members of his five-person milking team are all standing around in the middle of the parlor. Dan fumes and comes down the hall yelling, “Get back to milking, we are going to be late! What are you doing standing there doing nothing?”


Telematics at the kitchen table

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Allen Bonthuis   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:27

As a machinery salesperson and consultant in the dairy industry, I spend a lot of time on feedpads, from looking at how rations are mixed to suggesting what type of loader a farm should use.

In order to make qualified recommendations in the past, I have looked at mixer sizes, fuel usage, rations, loader owning and operating costs, and much more. In the end, my advice was based more on experience than on a quantifiable reason.


How to determine your dairy’s ‘true’ ration cost

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Mark Linzmeier   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 09:51

dairy feed graphicWith all the moving parts on a dairy farm, many would think that determining ration costs would be a relatively easy endeavor. The industry also has many experienced and knowledgeable nutritionists to assist in this effort.


Management key to milk quality in robotic milking transition

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Callie Curley   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 09:25

robotic milkerThere are a lot of opinions on robotic milking systems in the dairy industry today. According to Mat Haan of Penn State Cooperative Extension in Berks County, science and experience are two important factors to consider when determining whether or not a robotic milking system is a good fit for your operation.


What’s the beef about dairy?

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Chase DeCoite   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 09:04

facts about beefThe primary focus of any dairy producer is to produce high-quality milk from healthy, well-cared-for cows. While this admirable goal seems simple, everyone involved in the dairy industry knows it is not as easy as it seems.



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