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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.


Help farm workers meet goals with performance evaluations

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Jim Lewis and Andy Nytes   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:08

“I wonder if my supervisor thinks I’m doing a good job.”

Understanding what your employer thinks of your job performance is a key to improving and meeting your goals. Employees who are unsure of how they are doing are likely to continue at the same level of performance, assuming that “no news is good news.” However, any employer knows this is not always the case.


Producers use software to project 2015 margins

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Dairy basics - New Technology
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:25

technology test drive bannerTwo dairymen who are test-driving web-based margin projection software are both using the data they’ve collected on their individual margins over the past year to evaluate their participation in the USDA’s new Margin Protection Program.


Relate well to your daughter-in-law and mother-in-law

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Elaine Froese   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:45

After the traditional wedding season, many farm families have welcomed a new family member this past year. My new book, Farming’s In-Law Factor, co-authored with Dr. Megan McKenzie, has some tools to help you have more harmony and less conflict on your farm.


Gourmet cheese maker offers advice to farmers selling online

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Progressive Dairyman Intern Ben Keith   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:33

Producers looking to sell their products online should be prepared to ship, says Tammy Stephens, who works in 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.


Is colostrum inactivating your scours prevention program?

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Bobbi Brockmann   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:14

newborn dairy calfIt could be argued that newborn calf care protocols are more important than anything else you do on the farm. The future of your herd stands on four wobbly little legs and looks to you to help get it off to the right start.

From that first feeding of colostrum to scours prevention, navel dipping and more, newborn calves should be managed to a “T.” But did you know a sound colostrum management program may be impacting your newborn scours vaccination program?


5 tips to clean your automated calf feeder

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Jim Fisher   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:45

dairy calf feedingAutomated calf feeders are a popular choice for farms looking to increase labor efficiency, improve social interaction of calves, help calves make a smoother transition to weaning and to maximize growth potential and future performance.


Mismanaged feeding can jeopardize calves’ earning potential

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Jim Mattox   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:24

My mom always told me I should never say I “hate” something. So trying to be a good son, I will not say that I “hate” feeding calves, but I will tell you I very much loathe feeding baby calves. Only someone who has raised a calf from birth to weaning can understand my strong dislike.



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