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Progressive Dairyman Issue 1 2019

January 1

The first issue of Progressive Dairyman features an unconventional subject, dairy breweries. See how one operation established a brewery on-farm to increase income. Or find out how a distillery was able to turn milk byproduct into a smooth vodka – it is selling out quickly. Lastly, check out this milk byproduct that’s fermented like beer.

Also included is calf and heifer raising. Follow these four tips to help your calves de-stress, and find out how many replacement heifers you need to raise to stay profitable. In this climate, it’s not ideal to raise more than needed.

Also do not miss our columnists, Yevet Tenney, Ryan Dennis and Tim the Dairy Farmer.

Progressive Dairyman Issue 2 2019

January 19

The second issue of Progressive Dairyman focuses on management, including organic management. Learn how to articulate why your farm exists, or learn how to solve problems within your farm partnership by reading “Five Fingers” by Mark Andrew Junkin. Also, hear from Editor Karen Lee about how to achieve more on your farm by carving out a time each week to strategize.

Progressive Dairyman Issue 3 2019

February 7

The third issue of Progressive Dairyman focuses on feed, forages and nutrition. Find out what you can expect from 2018 silage and how you should feed it. See these four concerns about feeding large quantities of concentrate in automated milking systems. Or get the basics of why DCAD diets work, and whether there is a difference between partial- and full-DCAD diets.

Another focus of this issue is finances, margin and risk. Find out how you can increase revenue and cash flow.

Progressive Dairyman Issue 4 2019

February 25

The Feb. 25, 2019, issue of Progressive Dairyman covers a good smattering of topics, including management, dry and transition cows, animal welfare, hoof health, A.I. and breeding, and manure handling.

Should we feed a different diet to fresh cows? See the research on high-starch diets for fresh cows here. Also, find out why you should continue to use footbaths during the winter and how you can accomplish it. Lastly, see how this group of farmers are holding themselves to higher environmental standards, beyond what regulations require.

Progressive Dairyman Issue 5 2019

March 12

The March 12, 2019, issue of Progressive Dairyman outlines the “state of the dairy industry.” Check out how your region is doing and what to expect for the next year. Also included is calf and heifer raising. Find out what auto-feeders have taught us about feeding calves, and how they have challenged dairies to rethink calf-raising strategies. Or see how this couple raises dairy-beef calves for the feedlot. Lastly, explore whether a high-nutrition or moderate diet is economical for your calf-raising program.

Progressive Dairyman Issue 6 2019

April 1

Warmer weather is on its way, if not already here. The April 1 issue of Progressive Dairyman takes a closer look at cow comfort and cooling.

What is the cost of comfort? See this new research that analyzes the costs of seven different dairy barn ventilation systems. Or learn these key indicators to measure cow comfort in your herd. Lastly, are your cows getting enough water? See how you can encourage water intake to increase milk production.

This issue also touches on facilities and design. Find out the pros and cons of four different robot configurations. Or check out this new ventilation design: the all-seasons hybrid barn.

Progressive Dairyman Issue 7 2019

April 19

The April 19, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairyman offers some tips on milk quality. Pick up on a few key performance indicators to help you stay in control. Also included is A.I. and breeding. Learn how to right-size your herd to lower expenses and create a stronger replacement heifer program. Or learn more about what a “four-event” cow is and how she can impact your bottom line. Lastly, learn how to make milk for less than $15 per hundredweight.

Progressive Dairyman Issue 8 2019

May 7

The May 7, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairyman explores several kinds of dairy equipment. Get some tips on optimizing your current milking system or get a cost comparison of robots to parlors. Also included is calf and heifer raising. Decide whether raising excess replacement heifers helps or hurts your bottom line. Or get some tips on calf care during the first week to help get them off to a good start. Lastly, dig deeper into 2018 milk supply and demand numbers to discover the driving force behind them.

Progressive Dairyman Issue 9 2019

May 25

The May 25, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairyman celebrates June Dairy Month. Find entertaining stories of dairy producers across the country who find creative ways to promote their industry. Also included is feed and nutrition. Learn the six most-effective strategies to ease heat stress. Or pick up some tips on balancing partial mixed rations. Lastly, learn the reason behind drops in production and feed conversion efficiency.

Progressive Dairyman Issue 10 2019

June 12

The June 12, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairyman highlights herd health management. Get some tips on managing subclinical ketosis in your herd, and learn how to prevent oxidative stress to improve herd health, production and welfare. Also included is manure storage and handling. Get some ideas on adapting a manure management system for your operation. Lastly, pick up some safety tips for working in confined manure storage spaces.

Progressive Dairy Issue 11 2019

July 1

The July 1, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairy explores milk and beef quality. Find out what most dairy farmers consider "high-quality milk," and get some tips on adding value to dairy-beef crossbreds. Also included is breeding and animal welfare. Learn how to use genomic data to predict bull fertility. Or see how pen settling can positively impact your calves intake and stress levels. Lastly, learn how ‘marginal’ milk can drive profitability.

Progressive Dairy Issue 13 2019

August 7

The August 7, 2019, issue of Progressive Dairy covers quality silage and harvest equipment. Learn about pros and cons of changing forage particle size, and get some tips on preventing baler fires. Also included is herd health. Learn three ways electronic monitoring can help producers make informed management decisions for their milking herds. Or take a closer look at the U.S. protocol for bovine tuberculosis eradication. Lastly, follow nine steps to minimize antibiotic use on the farm.

Progressive Dairy Issue 14 2019

August 25

The August 25, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairy explores progressive dairy technology. Hear directly from veterinarians and industry professionals about underutilized technologies, and learn three ways digital data can influence farm decisions. Also included is calf and heifer raising. Learn 4 steps to achieving successful passive transfer in newborn calves. Lastly, pick up some tips on getting the most value out of your manure.

Progressive Dairy Issue 15 2019

September 12

The September 12, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairy covers A.I. and breeding. Get some tips on how to achieve quicker turnaround on ROI for genomic testing, and get some tips on how to safely store, handle, and administer synchronization products. Also, get a preview of what to expect at the 2019 World Dairy Expo. See what educational sessions will be offered at the Knowledge Nook and expo seminars, and take a look at the dairy cattle show schedule. Or learn about the developing dairy industry in Rwanda.

Progressive Dairy Issue 16 2019

October 1

The October 1, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairy highlights events at World Dairy Expo. See what new products and technologies will be unveiled at the event. Also included is feed and nutrition. Learn 10 ways to get more milk from homegrown forages, and see if dried distillers grains are an adequate replacement for alfalfa. Lastly, get some tips on what to research before investing in a robotic milking system.

Progressive Dairy Issue 17 2019

October 19

The October 19, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairy offers some insights on dry and transition cow health. Get some pointers on managing dry cows to avoid mastitis and high SCC. Also included is cow comfort and hoof care. See a comparison of perpendicular vs. tollgate milking robot layouts, and get four tips to improve parlor flow and de-stress milking. Lastly, learn about white-line disease and get some pointers on treatment and prevention.

Progressive Dairy Issue 18 2019

November 7

The November 7, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairy discusses calf and heifer raising. Learn how to get stronger returns from an autofeeder program, and find out what goes in milk replacer and why. Also included is A.I. and breeding. Learn three ways IVF technology can help dairies remain competitive. Lastly, check out our cover story about a Wisconsin dairy producer who balances both her TMR formulas and her time in her roles as feed mixer and mom.

Progressive Dairy Issue 19 2019

November 29

The November 29, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairy explores niche markets and reviews the best of 2019. Take a look at the top 25 most popular articles for 2019, and review the most important events in the dairy industry. Also enjoy a few holiday features about dairies who capture the Christmas spirit. Lastly, learn more about A1 versus A2 milk, and learn about a grazing dairy that departs from the traditional 365-day farming calendar.

Progressive Dairy Issue 20 2019

December 12

The December 12, 2019 issue of Progressive Dairy highlights winter-hardy facilities. Learn 6 basic needs of dairy cows and how to provide them, and learn why structural engineering should be a critical part of building projects. Also included is feed and nutrition. Get some tips on managing poor-quality silage from the 2019 season and learn some strategies to implement with limited forage availability. Lastly, get some tips on winter manure application.