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First one there is the winner! It’s a race between antibodies in the colostrum and the bacteria in the environment. Who would you like to win?

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An employee handbook is an important document that all farms should have. The purpose of a handbook is to outline the expectations the farm has for their employees, as well as including rules and policies. Although the details of the contents of the handbook will vary from farm to farm, there are many online resources that can help your farm put together a handbook with the essential information. Here are a few employment policies to include in your handbook that are particularly beneficial to dairy farms.

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Timed A.I. can enhance pregnancy rates and efficiency, but protocols are not bulletproof. If results seem subpar, take a whole dairy investigative approach. Reproduction drives everything on a dairy. And nearly everything affects reproduction.

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“Breeding cows we love to milk” is one of Jay and Heather Jauquet’s mantras at Synergy Dairy LLC, near Pulaski, Wisconsin, and with hand-picked genetics and astute management, they are doing just that.

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Since auto-wrap was introduced in the late 70s, the basic setup has not changed. Some of the parts have evolved, but serve the same function as prior designs.

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The numbers don’t lie – mastitis infections in dairy herds are one of the most financially detrimental occurrences that a producer can face. With an estimated $2 billion in losses each year in the U.S. and $400 million in Canada, more preventative and sustainable measures to alleviate mastitis infections are sorely needed.

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