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Milk and blood pregnancy tests viable alternative

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Glaucio Lopes   
Monday, 20 April 2015 12:17

Reproductive efficiency is a major driver of dairy profitability. That’s because improved pregnancy rates allow producers to maximize the number of cows in the most profitable stage of their life cycle, as well as empower producers to make better culling and replacement decisions.


Preg Calculator app to track reproductive health

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Progressive Dairyman Staff Writer Melissa Miller   
Friday, 17 April 2015 14:06

Preg Calculator app and logo

A new app developed through the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine is making it easier than ever to track reproductive herd health.


Prepare new employees for a successful first day

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee   
Thursday, 16 April 2015 11:33

There is a lot to think about when hiring an employee, including recruiting, interviewing, checking references and selecting the right individual. Don’t let those efforts go to waste by not following through as they are welcomed into the farm.


The dos and don’ts of administering calcium to hypocalcemic cows

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Dairy basics - Herd Health
Written by David Melie   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 14:44

Calcium is a key ingredient to growing up big and strong. Of course, this isn’t just limited to humans. The presence of low calcium levels in the blood, or hypocalcemia, is a serious medical condition that cows face during the lactation process.


Correlating heat stress and nutrition

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Bruno do Amaral   
Monday, 13 April 2015 12:57

In addition to using traditional cooling methods, have you ever given thought to how your cows’ diets could play a role in tackling heat? Recent research suggests certain nutritional strategies can actually help lessen the effects of heat stress.


Keeping your business alive

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Michael J. McCormack   
Monday, 13 April 2015 11:02

You may have heard the grim statistics. Family firms comprise 80 percent to 90 percent of all business enterprises. More than 30 percent of these family-owned businesses survive into the second generation. Twelve percent will still be viable into the third generation, with 3 percent of all family businesses operating at the fourth-generation level and beyond.


The Dairy Dozen: 12 key financial indicators

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Gary Sipiorski   
Monday, 13 April 2015 10:26

Think about your last check-up at the doctor’s office. What questions did your doctor ask you? How did he or she determine you’re healthy or uncover any potential risks or problems?

Now it’s time for you to be the doctor for your farm’s finances. Pull out your balance sheet and cash-flow records. Take a look at the following 12 ratios to determine your financial health.


Learning to linger: Robot update

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Laura Flory   
Monday, 13 April 2015 10:17

I walked past the little date carved by the post on the front porch of our new milking facility and was instantly struck with a smile. It read “3-19-14” in hand-carved numbers that my husband and I etched with a worn-out pocketknife merely a year ago.



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