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How is locomotion score determined in farm evaluations?

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Dairy basics - Cow Comfort
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Friday, 19 September 2014 11:39

The way a cow walks is an indicator of the comfort offered by her environment, which is why locomotion scoring is included in the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) program’s evaluations.

 

Using and troubleshooting calf scales efficiently

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Nicole Turner   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 15:58

Calf scale cart

Dairymen, veterinarians and nutritionists are increasingly asking for weighing solutions as a way to monitor their heifer growth and efficiency goals. University research suggests heifers should experience 1.8 to 2.2 pounds of gain per day through 150 days of age.

 

What’s the risk of airborne manure particles?

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Progressive Dairyman Intern Jennifer Janak   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:06

It would seem fair to say that dairy farms are beneficial to their local communities. Not only do they provide a nutritious food source, but have contributed nearly 900,000 jobs nationwide.

On the contrary, could dairy farms have negative effects on our livelihood?

 

Slideshow: New additions to Budjon Farms

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Dairy basics - Cow Comfort
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:01

Budjon Farms made a few additions this summer. They have a boarding business and provide calf-raising, in vitro fertilization and more. They decided that as the business grew they would need a meeting area and specialized facilities. Take a look at their improvements to their world-class farm below.

 

How Do I Determine? How do I adjust a silage price for DM?

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Jennifer Heguy   
Monday, 08 September 2014 15:34

The dry matter (DM) content of corn silage at harvest will significantly influence the amount of nutrients delivered and the nutrient value. Before deciding on a target DM for corn silage harvest, talk with your nutritionist about your silage goals and feeding strategy.

 

Check Out My ... New additions provide elite cattle with world-class care

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Dairy basics - Cow Comfort
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Monday, 08 September 2014 14:42

Budjon farm stone frontBudjon Farms of Lomira, Wisconsin, may be well-known for their showring achievements, but their recent building additions are for more than just show.

To keep pace with their evolving business structure, Tom and Kelli Cull completed a project this summer that elevates the experience at Budjon for both their customers and cattle.

 

Best On-Farm Fixes: Movable stainless steel footbath

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Dairy basics - Herd Health
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Monday, 08 September 2014 13:57

stainless steel dairy cow footbathPagel’s Ponderosa
John Pagel, owner | Chris Szydel, herd manager
Casco, Wisconsin

Maintaining hoof health during the dry period can be a challenge on many dairies, but at Pagel’s Ponderosa, a movable, homemade stainless-steel footbath ensures that all cows are covered.

 

It's That Time of Year Again: Fall harvest safety reminders

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Monday, 08 September 2014 13:24

men on silage pileTrucks, tractors and tons of feed make harvest season a busy time on dairies – and potentially a dangerous one, too.

Juan Quezada, director of safety and training at Milk Source, strives to keep employees out of harm’s way while putting up large volumes of forage. The dairy located in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, handles roughly 360,000 tons of corn silage, 130,000 tons of haylage and 50,000 tons of sorghum silage per year.

 


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