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  • How to bring your dairy back to life

    I have been asked twice in the last five years, “How do I turn my dairy around? How can I resurrect my farm from near death to a vibrant dairy that people look at and admire?” What I did was break down these different areas of concern into several ...
  • Up your colostrum game with thawing unit

    Studies have shown significant benefits of a proper colostrum-feeding protocol. These represent the need to rapidly thaw and feed four litres of high-quality colostrum within 30 minutes after a calf is born. For farms wanting to use their own colostrum...
  • Individual cow care to lower lameness in your herd

    Click here to read an update to this article. I have been in the hoof care business for more than 16 years and have seen my herds expand in size over and over again. The industry has integrated from mid-size herds in tiestalls and cows spending much of...
  • Foot rot in dairy cows

    The term “hoof rot” is a phrase that might be used on your farm to describe a sore foot. Before I explain the disorder itself, I would like to share the definition I found on Google. I could not find the term “hoof rot,” as such, applied to cattl...
  • Just dropping by... Commandments of order

    (Click here to listen to a podcast of this column.)The summer sky after a rain is a glorious sight. The stars shimmer in the velvet blackness of infinity and the feeling of loneliness surrounds me as I realize I am only a speck of nothingness in a vast co...
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  • Finding the right accounting software for your business

    With the ever-changing demands on today’s agricultural producers, comparing options for viable accounting software programs to aid in the management of their operations can be overwhelming. Regardless of which system is ultimately chosen, there are man...
  • How to determine cost of hay production

    Most hay producers want to produce hay as profitably as possible. Establishing economic goals is the first step towards profitability. Once goals are established, farmers benefit by developing a management mindset centered on a business approach. This re...
  • Evaluating hay and pasture stands for winter injury

    Severe winter cold coupled with little or no snow cover can result in poor hay and pasture stands in spring. Plants may be killed or weakened, leaving barren areas in the field or thinning of the stand, depending on the severity of winter injury. Acc...
  • Mechanics Corner: Plan ahead to stay ahead this year

    Have you started planning out the rest of this year? Even though it just began, it’s not too early to be ahead of the game. In the last article, I discussed how producers or equipment operators could make the most of the downtime between crop seaso...
  • Is it time for a CIP upgrade?

    Technology. Innovation. Modernization. Change. Are these “scary” words for you? As dairy producers, I’m sure you hear and read about all the new and innovative technologies available to you that will help improve profits, safety and time. But how...
  • Leptospirosis: Understand, protect and prevent

    Leptospirosis is a disease that can impact the bottom line of every dairy producer, mainly through lost reproductive efficiency. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic bacterial disease that affects mammals worldwide. The definition of a zoonosis is a disease that c...
  • Put the cows first

    I’ve always enjoyed hearing from readers and therefore I was really excited to hear from our newest admirers after the release of Progressive Dairyman’s first Canadian issue in January. People told us they were “impressed” with the magazine and...
  • PD —Canada News: March 1, 2011

    Dairy, digester receive innovation awardsBill Vanderkooi, president of Abbotsford’s Bakerview EcoDairy Association, has won the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia’s 2011 Award of Excellence for Innovation in Agriculture and Agri-Foo...
  • Happy, healthy cows are more productive

    The world today seems to be moving at an increasingly rapid pace. Agriculture has seen more challenging times to remain profitable and sustainable. This pressure can affect our decisions when designing, building or modifying dairy facilities that can infl...
  • What really happens when we reuse separated dairy solids?

    Using separated dairy solids for bedding can be economically advantageous while offering a comfortable surface for your cows. Others in North America are using it, why can’t we? Because solids are an organic bedding, they have the potential to carry a ...
  • Timely innovations in livestock genetic testing

    In an increasingly competitive and complex industry, producers are looking for an edge. Whether making nutritional decisions for herd management, conducting research to learn more about how genetics can improve traits such as milk production or managing ...
  • Changing of the guard

    It may be termed a changing of the guard at Quality Holsteins, but long-time herdsman Don Schwartz describes it “as a transition much more than an overthrow.” Paul Ekstein, who began a Holstein herd as an offshoot of his forage seed business, is turn...
  • Western Canadian Dairy Seminar readies to face the challenges

    Designed for people who want to improve their knowledge and decision-making abilities in dairy production and management, the 29th Western Canadian Dairy Seminar welcomes dairy producers, extension specialists, researchers, and dairy service and supply re...
  • Interactions with your most important employees: The cows

    When talking about employer/employee relations, the topic of interaction frequently comes up. These discussions are usually centered on people; they don’t normally consider the most valuable employees on the farm – the cows. What is communicated to...


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