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Dairy cattle and other ruminants are biologically designed to convert a wide variety of forages and feeds that can’t be digested by humans into milk, a high-quality food and protein used by humans.

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In March 2020, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy approved a new set of environmental stewardship goals to further the industry’s commitment to sustainability.

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Although upcycling may be a trendy word that do-it-yourselfers (DIY) have popularized in the last few years, cows have had this art mastered for centuries.

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Name the single nutrient that can impact milk production the most drastically. Hopefully you answered “water” but if you didn’t you are not alone. For most producers drinking water is not a top of mind concern. But consider this, water is the largest nutrient that you provide for your dairy cattle. High production dairy cattle have the largest water requirement per unit of body mass than that of any other land-based mammal. Milking cows drink between 30 to 50 gallons of water per day to produce a nutrient packed product that is itself typically 87% water. When the total daily nutrient intake for dairy cattle is analyzed, it reveals that 12% is compromised of dry matter intake and a whopping 88% is water.

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It’s the end of harvest. It’s time to clean up or make repairs to your equipment to get it ready for next year. It’s also a time to think about how you’ve performed from an operational standpoint. But, as you have more downtime over the coming months, it’s also an opportunity to take your management skills to the next level.

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If surviving four generations in the dairy business has taught the Freitag family anything, it’s that minimizing input costs while optimizing outputs is essential to survive an inconsistent market.

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