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Peruse practical information for the dairy producer on essential topics including management, A.I. and breeding, new technology, and feed and nutrition.

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Milk prices were strong at the end of 2019, and 2020 looked like it was going to be smooth sailing. But COVID-19 changed the equation as exports declined, the dollar strengthened and – most crucially – the foodservice channel collapsed. Amid such demand destruction, prices only had one way to go – down.

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When genomic testing was first introduced to the dairy industry in 2009, there was considerable debate and pushback about the value and reliability of the information. At first, the industry was focused on determining if we could choose bulls without progeny testing – a sea change for the A.I. industry. Rapidly, A.I. companies completely altered their approach to bringing new sires to market – the timing, investment and reliability of information.

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Make breeding day more effective by being mindful of the expectations you are placing on your breeding technician.

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Before beginning work, check that all necessary equipment and supplies are ready. Identify potential problems before starting, as errors and fixes can waste time and compromise fertility.

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Ensuring that plants receive adequate nutrition is a critical component of a profitable yield, no matter which forage crop you produce. Nutrients come from a variety of mineral or synthetic fertilizer sources, and many producers also rely on organic materials including manure and compost.

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Environmental stewardship and sustainability are important factors in business today. Consumers and companies want to purchase products and work with entities that are lessening their impact on the environment.

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