Producer panel shares feedback on rumination monitoring technology

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Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Sherry Bunting   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 12:33

Burk-Lea Farms cows

“There is a revolution going on in activity systems,” said Kevin Havartine, Ph.D., assistant professor of nutritional physiology at Penn State University’s department of animal science.


Proper comfort and feed management for the 'ultimate dining experience'

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Callie Curley   
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:46

Time is money. According to Dr. Rick Grant of W.H. Miner Research Institute in Chazy, New York, this holds true even for the modern dairy cow.


Safety management: Employee participation and accountability

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by David Douphrate and Robert Hagevoort   
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:44

In the previous Progressive Dairyman safety article, we discussed the importance of owner and management commitment to an on-farm safety program. The article communicated that it is imperative that owners and managers become involved and participate in a safety program.


Hygiene scoring promotes animal welfare

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Dairy basics - Herd Health
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:09

cows resting

As an evaluation specialist for the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program, Tim Raasch provides second-party verifications on dairy farms, where he ensures that high levels of animal care and quality assurance are being provided.


Your people management philosophy drives execution, results

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Dairy basics - Management
Written by Jorge Estrada   
Monday, 23 February 2015 11:36

In the beginning, your dairy company probably didn’t need to spell out a people management philosophy. You did everything yourself. You managed as you saw fit.

As you have grown and now execute and produce results through others, it is key in business to have clarity around what your people management philosophy is and how that is helping you (or hindering you) in accomplishing results.


Strategies to protect your investment

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Dairy basics - Herd Health
Written by Tom Shelton and Michael Coe   
Friday, 20 February 2015 16:20

Editor’s note: This article is the final article of a three-part series.

Chronic immunosuppressive diseases have a significant economic impact on many areas of a dairy. In the case of persistently infected (PI) cows, they often cull themselves early for a number of health or reproductive reasons, but it’s not unusual to find second-lactation cows that are still milking.


When and how to euthanize calves

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Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Frank Garry   
Friday, 20 February 2015 16:05

Every good calf manager strives to achieve optimal calf health and growth. It’s a fact of life, however, that some calves will get sick.

Therefore, managers also have plans for identifying and treating diseased calves. Ideally, if sick calves are identified promptly and treated appropriately, they will recover and go on to be healthy productive adults.


Make educated choice on transition cows’ calcium delivery

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Dairy basics - Herd Health
Written by Terry Arver   
Friday, 20 February 2015 15:53

The administration of supplemental calcium to combat subclinical hypocalcemia in transition cows is a growing practice in the dairy industry. However, most producers may not be aware of the specific details behind many of the new supplemental calcium products now available.



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