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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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Most of the producers I work with on a daily basis have dreams and clear goals for the future of their operations. This may include milk production benchmarks, income over feed cost targets, gains in reproduction rates, genetic improvement or bringing a new generation into the dairy.

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One day late in June, one farm did what others may be too scared to have happen. It let 20 outside individuals conduct a walk-through of the dairy to make observations related to milk quality and to troubleshoot areas for improvement.

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One of the highest risk periods for mastitis in a cow’s life is the period just after it is dried off. Bacteria enter the mammary gland when the teat canal is open, and in the period just after dry-off the teat canal can remain open for a while.

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The dairy industry is conditioned to grab a tube and treat every case of mastitis that comes along. But in reality, all mastitis cases are not created equal, and treating all cases the same can mean you’re wasting time, milk and money.

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Here’s the story of a typical day for a quality milk specialist, whose alarm clock is her daughter, Sophia, softly crying from her crib at 4:30 a.m. when she’s ready to be fed.

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From 25 milliliters of teat dip to 12 milliliters. From two manual positions to one.

These are the improvements VDS Farms in Fulton, Michigan, made after installing pre- and post-milking robots in their 40-stall rotary last fall, according to parlor manager Stijn Brebels.

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