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The COVID-19 crisis has caused great disruptions in the labor market. One of the few opportunities for dairy farms in this crisis may be to attract well-qualified candidates who would not have previously been available.

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Even a few parasites in a high-producing dairy cow have the potential to reduce herd performance. Parasite-free animals convert feed more efficiently, have fewer disease problems, enter the milking string sooner, produce more milk and have fewer reproductive difficulties.

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Garrett Miller has worked as the dairy manager at Oakwood Dairy LLC in Auburn, New York, since 2009. Miller has been surrounded by dairy cows all his life. He grew up on his family’s small dairy farm and pursued his interest in dairy at Cornell University, graduating from their dairy management program in 2007.

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On-farm culturing is a useful tool for mastitis management. It allows for faster response to infections, saves money and helps to identify causes to help with prevention, according to Dr. Ginger Fenton, dairy extension educator at Penn State University.

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Despite being designed and built to be robust and reliable, nitrogen tanks are more fragile than they appear. They need proper, consistent care to achieve a long service life. A malfunctioning tank can compromise the semen inventory and reduce fertility of your cows.  end mark

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The novel coronavirus has impacted daily tasks and routines for everyone. Stay-at-home orders and social-distancing guidelines have many isolating at home, and large gatherings are being replaced with Zoom meetings and FaceTime calls.

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