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Test for rumen degradable starch for better rations

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by David Weakley   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:54

Corn silage levels have been increasing in forage programs the past few years for a number of reasons. The volatile costs of corn and alfalfa hay, coupled with regional drought conditions and subsequent hay availability have contributed greatly. Given these high corn silage rations now fed, it is no longer sufficient to rely on traditional testing for crude starch content of feed ingredients for ration formulation, especially when opening new crop corn silage.


Gourmet cheese maker offers advice to farmers selling online

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Dairy basics - Management
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:33

Producers looking to sell their products online should be prepared to ship, says Tammy Stephens, who works marketing at Eichtens. Eichtens is a cheese and bison farm that sells cheese and bison products on Amazon and Overstock, which just opened a Farmers Market section.


Microbial farming: Increase dry matter intake and performance with probiotics

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by David Lindevig and Rod Riewer   
Friday, 14 November 2014 10:27

Over the years that I have worked with farmers on their dairy cow, calf and heifer diets, I have come to realize that I was not feeding the cow as much as I was feeding the microbial population in the animal.


Using calf blankets effectively

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:46

calf blanket

A calf blanket is a great tool to help a young calf regulate body temperature. When a calf is born, it is not capable of regulating body temperature.


What is the difference between managing and coaching?

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Mark Uhlenberg   
Monday, 03 November 2014 13:31

illustration of thoughtsEditor’s note: This article is the third in a series about coaching dairy leaders. The first article appeared in the April 1, 2014 Progressive Dairyman.

Leadership and leading people in any organization is about performance. How you measure, talk about and ultimately achieve that performance is significant. Every leader has a style, and every organization has a culture. These either work or not.


IVF and OPU technology speeds genetic progress

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Stephanie Skernivitz   
Monday, 03 November 2014 13:26


Endless Mountains Veterinary Center PC (EMVC) in Rome, Pennsylvania, recognized the shift in the dairy industry from conventional embryo transfer (ET) to oocyte pick-up (OPU) and in vitro fertilization (IVF), and cracked open the books over a four-year span to research as much as possible before launching its new OPU center earlier this spring.


Kozak: Lessons learned about dairy succession planning

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Jennifer Janak   
Monday, 03 November 2014 12:09

“Whether it’s in corporate America, private or even on the farm, you never know what is going to happen,” says Jerry Kozak. “Everyone needs a management transition plan.”

Last December, Kozak sat down with Progressive Dairyman’s managing editor, Walt Cooley, and described his involvement in the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) as CEO; a position he held for 16 years. In the interview, Kozak mentioned the success he believed he had as he helped Jim Mulhern transition into the leadership role.


Hang your business plan above the toilet

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Mark Andrew Junkin   
Monday, 03 November 2014 11:37

illustration of a toiletI believe that every farm should have their business plan framed and hung above the toilet.

Fifty years ago, farms didn’t need business plans. That is because the farm didn’t grow at that fast a rate and the biggest move you might have made in your lifetime is buying the farm next door.



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