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Instead of pointing fingers, a group of northeast Wisconsin farmers are raising their hands to acknowledge the local dairy industry’s part in groundwater issues and making a public commitment to solving the problem. 

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Recently, we completed two research trials on two dairy farms (each farm has over 1,500 cows) in Michigan. Cows were supplemented with a molasses-based liquid supplement from 21 days before calving to 40 days after calving. Trials ran for three months, and rumination data was collected on individual cows using rumination collars.

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“We really don’t have a nutrient problem; we have a water problem,” states Galen Smith, partner and general manager of Coldstream Farm LLC in Deming, Washington.

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Many dairy production operations have achieved very high levels of performance, and a change of any type can have a significant impact on milk production. Dairy cows perform at their highest levels of production when everything is consistent and “normal.” Cows like everything to be the same every hour, every day, every week and every month of the year.

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Four panelists, representing some of the dairy industry’s leaders in building employee engagement, offered their perspectives at the recent Operations Managers Conference, presented by Cornell PRO-DAIRY and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association. The session was moderated by Dr. Richard Stup, Cornell agricultural workforce specialist. Panelists shared how and why to engage employees and build a positive workplace culture.

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Safety plays a vital role on every dairy farm because the ideal goal is to end each day with safe and healthy employees and animals. Safety is a role that continues to be evaluated and improved in order to better the industry and the experiences of those who work in and are a part of it.

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