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Collection of rumen fluid

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Dairy basics - Herd Health
Written by E.J. DePeters and L.W. George   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:22

Fistulated cow

Rumen transfaunation involves the collection of rumen fluid from a healthy animal that will be transferred to a sick recipient animal. The following is a description of what might be described as best management practices for transfaunation.

 

Ongoing bunker management to maximize ration value

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Bill Ramsey   
Monday, 19 January 2015 15:29

Bunker management

Silage storage and feedout dry matter losses (shrink) not only deal a wallop to the wallet, but also negatively affect the nutritional value of the remaining silage. That’s because shrink consumes the most valuable silage nutrients, which must then be replaced with an equal energy source, such as corn grain.

 

Increase milk production by increasing feed availability

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Rick Grant   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 09:37

dairy cow at feedbunk

A positive dining experience allows the cow to satisfy her behavioral needs for eating, resting and rumination. And a satisfied cow will be productive, efficient and healthy.

 

The real value of manure

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Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Maria F. McGinnis   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 14:53

Manure spreader

In the dairy industry, we know manure is valuable. But how valuable? Typically we look to nutrient composition as the major indicator of dollars and cents. However, examining when, where, how, how much and even how well manure is applied can help dairy farms of all sizes start to realize its real value.

 

Someday is not a day on my calendar

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Elaine Froese   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:27

I’m sure you may have heard a farmer say, “Someday this farm will be his,” or “Someday we will get to the lawyer’s office, but we have work to do.”

My sister, Barbara Edie, wrote the headline, “Someday is not a day on my calendar,” when she relayed the memories of an active 1988 spent with my other sister, Grace, who died tragically that year. Barb’s resolve was to never put things off and not let “someday” creep into her thinking.

 

Focus on rumen development to help improve lifetime profit

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Christie Underwood   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:44

To get calves off to a fast start and achieve early growth goals, calf and heifer raisers invest in newborn and pre-weaned calf nutrition. Despite the extra attention on pre-weaned calf performance, it is not uncommon for the level of calf nutrition to slough off once calves are weaned.

Losing focus on post-weaning nutrition can not only slow growth rates; it can also hold back rumen development and subsequent lifetime profit potential.

 

What’s the value of serum-based colostrum replacers?

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Joy Campbell   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:24

jersey calfIt’s always exciting when new calves arrive. You want to do everything you can to help your newborns thrive and grow.

One of the critical first steps in ensuring overall health is to feed enough high-quality colostrum in the first 24 hours of life, as calves are born with no antibodies to fight dangerous organisms.

 

Are milk and colostrum even related?

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Meagen Koser   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 08:57

“That depends,” you say. “Are you talking about comparing the two liquids or whether colostrum feeding affects future production?”

“Both,” I say.

 


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