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Over the last two decades, initially through improvements in feeding and nutrition and subsequently through facility design changes and enhanced management, we have seen positive progress in early lactation milk performance and health improvements in those farms that have chosen to embrace these changes. Much of the effort has been focused on the dry period – in particular, the pre-fresh or close-up period – and the maternity or calving area.

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As we settle into the new year, many of us are looking ahead to what this year may bring. Although 2020 proved to us that the unexpected is very possible, I thought we would share our predictions for what will be the top three workforce trends in 2021.

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When Nebraska dairyman Bob Larson built his robotic dairy barn nearly three years ago, he knew right off the bat that water quality was important to cow health and productivity. What he didn’t expect, however, was to run a water treatment trial that would clearly show a 7-pound per cow difference in milk production.

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I am often confronted with a new challenge when it comes to repairs around our family farm. Much of the machinery and buildings we own were purchased or constructed when I was in elementary school.

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There’s no debate that dairy farming relies on cycles. From the time of day cows are milked and fed to the timing of heats and breeding, everything has a time and a place.

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Postpartum disease and disorders may pose a threat to dairy cows, negatively affecting culling, lactation and reproductive performance. Approximately one-third of dairy cows have at least one clinical disease (e.g., metritis, mastitis, digestive issues and respiratory problems) during the first three weeks of lactation.

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