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This month’s VAS DC305 tip is on transition. How well animals transition will greatly affect how they will do in their next lactation. Poor transition will not only affect the production of the animal for the next lactation, but will also affect reproduction, somatic cell count and lifetime in the herd. All are very important and lead to lost income.

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Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley attended World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, Feb. 14-16, 2017. He walked the show looking for new products and industry trends. Below are his thoughts on what he found.

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Hundreds of dairy farmers and agricultural leaders from New England and New York gathered at the 18th annual Vermont Dairy Producers Conference in Burlington on Tuesday, February 21, to hear from a panel of experts about strategies to ensure dairy farms continue to be a vibrant part of the local economy.

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U.S. milk production continues to grow steadily, based on USDA’s latest monthly report, released Feb. 21.

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Visitors to the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show will have a new “must see” stop at the “Calving Corner,” Pennsylvania’s live dairy cow birthing center. More than 500,000 children and adults can watch a dairy cow give birth to a newborn calf during the eight-day show.

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