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Undercover video scandal: Why it could happen to you PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Management
Written by Emily Metz Meredith   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:37

“I don’t want anyone to have to go through what we went through,” said David Fuhrmann, the president of Foremost Farms, the largest dairy cooperative in Wisconsin, to an audience of dairy cooperative members in Seattle, Washington, just a few weeks ago.

Four tips for reducing heat stress PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Cow Comfort
Written by Rylin Lindahl   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:41

At the second annual Heat Stress Road Show held earlier this year, Dr. Robert Collier, a professor at University of Arizona, offered a few pieces of advice for dairy producers looking to minimize the negative impacts of hot summer days.

New app helps dairy producers plan for heat stress PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Cow Comfort
Written by Progressive Dairyman Intern Jennifer Janak   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:41

Summer is in full swing, and it is more important now than ever for dairy producers and nutritionists to know how to plan for and manage heat stress.

Jury out for dairymen test-driving handheld moisture monitor PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - New Technology
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley   
Monday, 14 July 2014 14:53

technology test drive bannerBoth dairymen who are test-driving a new handheld feedstuff moisture monitor say it’s still too early to tell if the unit will be of long-term use to their dairies.

Since this spring, Cottonwood Dairy in South Wayne, Wisconsin, and P7 Dairy in Roswell, New Mexico, have been using Digi-Star’s Moisture Tracker, a NIR-enabled unit that provides moisture readings on forage and feed within a minute or two.

Cultural issues and mastitis prevention PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Management
Written by Tamara Scully   
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:16

Mastitis prevention is contingent upon having operational protocols in place that reduce the likelihood of developing infections or of transmitting the disease. But having the right procedures in place isn’t enough if your employees don’t follow them.

Perhaps the employees aren’t trained effectively, don’t fully understand the training they received or aren’t providing feedback on what is or is not working in the day-to-day operations.

Does my dairy really need an HR manager? PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Management
Written by J.E. Johnson and G.J. Lascano   
Monday, 14 July 2014 12:27

The question of whether or not human resource (HR) management is needed is not unique to dairies; in fact, it’s not unique to any industry. It is a question which is relevant for any small business anywhere, and the answer is both yes and no.

In small businesses with 10 or fewer employees, it’s unlikely you could keep an HR person busy full-time. However, regardless of how many employees you have, incorporating some HR management strategies proactively can really pay off over time.

Maintain all your dairy’s margins PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Management
Written by Phil Durst   
Monday, 14 July 2014 12:07

The milking unit fall-off test measures the change in vacuum that occurs in a milking system to simulate what happens when a unit falls off a cow. It is an indication of the adequacy of the effective vacuum reserve or the margin capacity of the system.

The change in vacuum when one unit in 12 is sucking air should be less than 0.6 inches of mercury. If it fails, then a unit falling off will cause a drop in the vacuum that affects the rest of the units, allowing them to squawk or even fall off. Vacuum margin is essential.

Is heat stressing your herd? PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Cow Comfort
Written by James Kleinke   
Monday, 14 July 2014 11:51

thermometer illustrationAs the temperatures reach beyond heat stress levels in July, now is the time to locate areas on your dairy where heat stress is affecting your herd and where heat abatement is needed.



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