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We rely on cow data to make decisions every day. But what about calf and heifer data? Too often we only detect underperforming animals once they enter the milking string. Why is one cow falling behind her peers? Without data to inform us, we’re left guessing the reason.

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Have you ever watched your cows stand in a big group and wondered what kind of secrets they’re sharing or how much they’re costing you by standing and socializing instead of producing milk?

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In 2021, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) published the 8th Edition of the Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle (NRC). As with past publications, the NASEM 2021 was developed based upon the foundation of previous editions of the NRC publication and important updates reflecting scientific advances in nutrition and feeding programs for dairy cattle since the last publication in 2001.

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Imagine you post a photo of a Holstein cow on your Facebook page and then hundreds of negative comments start pouring in. You had included how the cow received antibiotics for pneumonia and is now on the mend, but several comments claim there are antibiotics in milk and promote milk alternatives.

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Forages are by weight the main component of dairy cow rations greatly influencing production, profitability and cow well-being. High-quality digestible forages help cows face the challenges derived from the increased nutrient demands of peripartum and lactation.

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We’ve all heard those diesel pickups pulling away from a parking lot – black smoke rolling with the distinctive roar and whistle of a turbocharged diesel engine. Honestly, it is music to my ears, but I guarantee there are just as many (if not more) who frown upon the excess racket.

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