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Manage dairy employees, establish farm protocols, take on milk marketing, and become more confident in your farm financials.

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As I was standing in the headlocks of the hospital barn, holding an IV bottle in my hand while it was draining, I remember staring at the treatment cart with four more IVs to give.

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When identifying milk quality issues, a standard plate count (SPC) test isn’t enough. Elevated SPC could indicate dirty equipment, poor cooling, contaminants from the environment or a variety of other issues.

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Obtaining and retaining employees is a forefront issue among many industries, especially for dairies. A current trend plaguing our industry is job-hopping. Many farms seem to endure constant turnover, and replacing and training new hires is costly. Although there is no cure-all for reducing turnover, there are some steps employers and managers can take to keep employees on the farm.

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The 2014 farm bill significantly changed dairy policy for American dairy producers. Gone were milk price support programs such as the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) and the programs tied to parity prices. The current policy is the Margin Protection Program (MPP), which seeks to provide insurance-like coverage for a dairy farm’s margin based on the difference between milk and feed prices.

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It wasn’t expected. There was no plan to respond, but you’re the highlight of a social media experience – a negative experience. The video shows a cow being hauled several hundred feet, all four feet off the ground, from an alleyway to a hospital pen.

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In 2010, we had a vision to create an online resource for dairy producers that assisted with the construction of facilities designed to optimize the well-being of their dairy cattle.

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