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Calf-feeding equipment: Keep it clean PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by John Binversie   
Friday, 08 February 2013 12:21

021813_binversiecalfThe job of keeping equipment clean is a very important one – especially the job of keeping calf-feeding equipment clean. If calf-feeding equipment is not kept clean, disease can spread between calves and they can quickly become ill.

But keep in mind, just because something looks clean does not mean that it is. To truly be clean, calf-feeding equipment must also be sanitized.

 
Moving cows on our dairies with less stress PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Management
Written by Jorge Delgado   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:50

0113el_delgado_1Sound difficult? It’s really not. We are the ones that create the stress, not the animals.

Dairy owners always say that cows should be moved quietly and safely so that they stay calm and produce more milk. The question is: How do we accomplish this efficiently?

The answer is simple: We have to think and see the world as cows see it.

 
Three benchmarks for breeding heifers by size PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Jason Leonard   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 11:44

0113el_leonard_1Over the last 10 years there has been increased emphasis placed on growing heifer calves faster and more efficiently in order to maximize performance and health of the animal over its lifetime.

The acceptance of this idea has grown among dairy producers.

However, one negative outcome from this approach is that these larger heifers are not being bred early enough to take full advantage of this more aggressive calf growth plan.

Many heifers are still being bred at the same age as before, even though they could easily be bred two to three months sooner based on size.

 
Managing for more milk PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Herd Health
Written by Jennifer Heguy and Jed Asmus   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 10:34

You cannot simply take one dairy’s diet, feed it to another herd and expect the same production results. The reason: There are many variables that impact a cow’s ability to make milk.

While nutrition is extremely important and the largest cost of producing milk, it is only one of a number of factors that need to be routinely evaluated.

 
Coaching Corner: Four ways to fit in language learning PDF Print E-mail
El Lechero Dairy Basics - Management
Written by Libby Gaige   
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 15:09

0113el_gaige_1Sure, it would be great to learn another language. But what person working on a dairy farm can honestly fit in time to study between all the chores that make up each day – breeding heifers, trimming hooves, feeding cows, giving repro shots?

Whatever your specific responsibilities may be, they are sure to be many. And yet, you know how helpful it would be to communicate better with your coworkers.

Don’t get discouraged, there are ways to improve your bilingual ability without spending hours in front of a computer or in a classroom.

 
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