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Should you raise your own steers? Expert gives tips on how to decide

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Kelli Kaderly-Boylen   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:01

Beef supplies are tight and will remain so, but does that mean you should finish out your own steers on your dairy operation?


Menchie’s CEO goes ‘undercover’ at Scott Brothers Dairy

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Hannah Thompson   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 15:56

The word “undercover” usually sends shivers down livestock and poultry farmers’ spines – and for good reason. For years, animal rights activist groups have used misleading undercover video campaigns in an attempt to make consumers distrustful of farmers.


Water quality: Best practices for improving performance

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Dana Tomlinson   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:16

cow drinking water

Eighty-seven percent of a cow’s milk is water. So it is critical to recognize that providing clean, safe water is essential to maximizing herd performance and that not all water is acceptable for cows to drink.


Vermont farm eliminates boss cow bullying at feedbunk

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Dairy basics - Cow Comfort
Written by Dean Throndsen   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:14

feed rail system

Feeding time can cause a host of unique stressors to cows as they compete for space at the feedbunk and navigate their position in the herd’s social hierarchy.


Going robotic in a grazing system

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Tamara Scully   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 13:50

Like something from a science fiction movie, cows are now bringing themselves to the barn and being milked, with no farmer needed. Thanks to robotic milking machines, today's dairy farmer is no longer tied to the parlor.


Becoming a disciplined risk taker

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Curtis Bosma   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 13:26

Hitting a hole-in-one

Locking in your milk price at the highs before a large decline in the market is a lot like hitting a hole-in-one in golf. Chances are, you have never done it, and your friend that has tells the story about it all the time.


Pet the dog

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Mark Andrew Junkin   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 13:13

dog illustrationFor farmers who came from nothing to build something impressive, praise is something they don’t comprehend. They never realize what it’s like to walk in the footsteps of a successful father.


Are you doing what successful managers do?

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:42

Garrison wynnWhy are some managers and employers successful while others are not?

Garrison Wynn, author of Amazon.com best-seller The Real Truth About Success, answered this question while keynoting the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) Business Conference held in March.



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