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How to pull equipment out of the mud

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Lynn Jaynes   
Friday, 27 March 2015 10:11

equipment stuck in the mud

Tractor pulls are fun, as long as you watch them in an arena with a bag of hot buttered popcorn, and not so much when you’re out in the field pulling some stuck equipment out of the mud.

 

Laurelbrook Farm raises calves to produce 100-pound average

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Jenna Hurty   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 16:24

Laurelbrook Farm calves

“What you put into those calves, you’re going to get out as 2-year-olds,” Cricket Jacquier, owner of Laurelbrook Farm says. “I’m convinced of that. You can’t have a hiccup along the way.”

 

Kick out unwanted residents with year-round bird control

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Tamara Scully   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 13:12

pigeons on a dairyDairy barns aren’t meant to be havens for birds. While European starlings are often the most visible and destructive birds on dairy farms, they typically don’t present a year-round concern. But other birds do.

 

3 steps to effectively engage with consumers

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Sara Kitchen   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:12

The agriculture industry is fully aware of the need to educate the consumer base. As the average consumer is now two to four generations removed from the farm, agvocates across the nation are pushing out educational content that highlights the most recent science-based studies.

 

Calf nutrition: 4 growth targets for optimum production

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Gary Geisler   
Monday, 23 March 2015 13:37

calf growth benchmarking

An investment in your calf nutrition program is an investment in the future of your herd. Research has shown that a calf diet focused on good, healthy growth from birth to breeding can reap significant increases in first lactation milk yield.

 

Video: Feeding calves with an autofeeder system, Part 2

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Friday, 20 March 2015 14:21

In this video, Ann Hoskins, Vita Plus calf products coordinator, reminds us that cleanliness is key to raising healthy calves in any system. She shares tips for cleaning automatic calf feeders and identifying potential hot spots for bacterial growth.

 

6 financial targets for long-term dairy success

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Sara Kitchen   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:45

Dairy financial targets

In an ever-changing industry, you never know when feed costs will soar and milk prices will fall.

 

How Do I Determine?: How do I calculate how liquid my dairy farm is?

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Chris Laughton, John Lehr and Bill Zweigbaum   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 07:32

Farm liquidity has become a greater issue in recent years because of the increased volatility of earnings and cash flow. While no one knows what the future holds for sure, there are a few things we do know: 2014 was a great year for most dairies, and 2015 is shaping up to be a down year. We know good times are unlikely to continue forever uninterrupted.

 


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