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Choosing and managing a scale system

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Troy Moen   
Friday, 24 October 2014 14:28

TMR mixer

A scale system is an integral part of any TMR mixer. Without the ability to accurately weigh and measure the individual ingredients that comprise a ration, one cannot expect consistent milk production and gains on replacement heifers or an optimum rate of gain on fed steers.


You’ve heard about probiotics for cows, but what about prebiotics?

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Carl Old   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:54

While it is well-known that the rumen has a complex microbiome (primarily bacteria and protozoa), the diversity of microorganisms found in the lower gut is less appreciated. However, the maintenance of a well-balanced microbiome in the lower gut may be as important to animal health and feed utilization as is the maintenance of a stable rumen microflora.


Think outside the silage bag

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Kelli Boylen   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:56


With an overall message encouraging farmers to think “outside the (silage) bag,” Silvia Abel-Caines, DVM, Ph.D., staff ruminant nutritionist for Organic Valley, said feeding dairy cows sprout fodder can make sense nutritionally and economically in some situations.


Dairyman easing into online nutrient tracking

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Dairy basics - New Technology
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 12:52

technology test drive bannerAfter six months of using new web-based nutrient management tracking software, California dairyman Brian Medeiros is still trying to make the software his go-to record-keeping source, not just a digital, always-available electronic copy of his paper records.

Medeiros began using CAFOweb from New Mexico-based Glorieta Geoscience early this year as part of Progressive Dairyman’s peer technology user group.


Manage transition cow health with serum total calcium testing

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Dairy basics - Herd Health
Written by Ken Zanzalari   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:04

Like all well-run businesses, the management team of a well-run dairy operation will know and understand the key parameters that make them successful.

When it comes to cow performance, these may include early postpartum health events, peak milk yield, total lactation milk yield, somatic cell count (SCC) and reproductive performance, just to name a few. To effectively manage these items, they must be measured.


Ketosis: Treat her right

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Dairy basics - Herd Health
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:44

dairy cows feedingAll ketosis cases are not created equal, but diagnosing cows with Type 1 or Type 2 may make all the difference in treatment success.

Heather White, Ph.D., at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Department of Dairy Science, has been studying ketosis in its two distinct and different forms: Type 1 (later-onset, typically clinical) and Type 2 (earlier-onset, typically subclinical).


New models predict risk of postpartum disease

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Dairy basics - Herd Health
Written by Holly Drankhan   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:53

Mathematics finds a number of uses in dairy herd management, from calculating the proper portions for a TMR to balancing revenue and costs. But imagine if one could actually predict the future, assigning the probability of an outcome down to decimal places. What potential does this power hold? A recent study published in the Journal of Dairy Science explores this prospect.


How should we deal with adult cow death losses?

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Dairy basics - Herd Health
Written by Frank Garry   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:43

dairy cows feedingThe death of an adult cow on a dairy is a bad event. For a cow to die on a dairy, something went terribly wrong for that individual animal. In addition, from a financial point of view, this is the worst way for a cow to be removed from production. There is no question: Every dairy producer would agree adult cow death losses should occur as infrequently as possible.



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