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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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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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Every dairy farmer knows that high-quality, pleasant-tasting milk can’t come from unhealthy cows. Keeping cows healthy is the first, best step toward milk with a sweet, clean taste. Having healthy cows with low somatic cell counts goes a long way to avoiding milk with a foul aftertaste, off-flavors or unpleasant odors.

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Jessica Scillieri Smith grew up wanting to become a veterinarian so badly she was determined to get into any vet school right out of high school. A friend recommended she apply to the University of Vermont because of their joint program with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

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