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Safety management on dairy farms: Owner and manager commitment

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by David Douphrate and Steve Reynolds   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:42

In recent years, we have seen a heightened emphasis on worker safety on U.S. dairy farms. Dairy operations in the U.S. continue to have high worker injury and fatality rates as compared to general industry, as well as other agriculture production operations.


10 practices for a top-performing dairy CEO

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:26

Throughout his career, Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus, Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, has worked with agricultural enterprises from all over the country. In a webinar, hosted by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW), Kohl outlined the 10 practices that top-performing CEO dairy producers follow.


It's That Time of Year Again: Winter weather reminders

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 13:39

Wim, Nita and Marten FlorynSnow, ice and blustery temperatures make for a long winter in western Canada.

Gull Lake Farm Ltd., located in Lacombe, Alberta, deals with average daily digits in the low teens (12ºF to 14ºF) throughout the winter months.


Best On-Farm Fixes: Calf hutch fan

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Ben Keith   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 13:23

tubingTubing helps clear the air

The calf hutches at Emmerich Dairy in Wheeler, Illinois, had a ventilation problem. A machine shed and a freestall barn upwind of the hutches prevented them from getting the breezes needed to keep the calves cool and the hutches ventilated on the 70-cow dairy. Farm hand Ben Emmerich’s brother Lucas found a solution.


Agriculture in the 21st century: Challenges and opportunities

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Bob Milligan   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:37

Last winter, I had the great honor to deliver the keynote address at the New York State Agricultural Society Forum. In this article, I share what I told that audience of agricultural leaders of New York state.

My goal, in concert with the theme of the forum, was to identify challenges and opportunities facing agriculture with an emphasis on addressing young men and women interested in the agricultural sector.


Successfully converting tiestall herds to robotic milking

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Dairy basics - Cow Comfort
Written by Paul Berdell   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:33

tiestall barnOver the years, any time I face a client that is 3X-milking conventionally and is looking to transition to robots, I can feel my stress levels rise.

From a pure milk-production perspective, this is one of the most challenging transitions because of the many rapid and simultaneous changes the cows will see as they move to the new system.


Consider value-added dairy opportunities

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Maria F. McGinnis   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:59

sarah cornelisseIn today’s competitive dairy industry, additional cattle come with a price that is not a fit for every dairy. What if there was a way to increase profit without increasing cow numbers? Enter value-added dairy opportunities.


Adjust winter feeding program to help keep calves healthy

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Emily De Benetti   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 16:50

The most efficient rate of growth a calf experiences is in the first month of life. Strong growth and good calf health is linked to improved performance of heifers with a trend toward earlier first breeding and increased milk yields.

However, calves are at a disadvantage in the winter months due to an increase in energy requirements for maintenance of body temperature and subsequent increased susceptibility to illness.



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