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In the sandy soils of Wisconsin’s Northwoods sits the old sawmill city of Antigo.

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While summer can provide more optimal weather for humans than winter months, it can be negative for dairy cattle with conditions that cause heat stress. 

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Is it economically viable to divert resources to raising out bull calves on your farm? Does the dairy steer enterprise offer an additional source of cash flow to supplement your operation’s financial situation? Having timely and accurate records and feed closeout information can help dairy producers answer those questions and make informed decisions.

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Forage may be in short supply this year, and one way to respond is to feed fewer mouths on the farm. Frankly, whether forage is short or not, it is always best to allocate your forage to the cattle that will return the most: the animals that are most productive. It is time to cull the animals most likely to be the least productive.

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An automatic milking system (AMS) or robot is an advanced and well-working technology for milking cows and takes the labor away from the actual milking process. However, it is vital to remember that one cannot just trust the milking machine to ensure cow welfare and production or even efficient labor usage.

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All animals, including dairy cows, have four possible routes of exchanging heat energy with their environment. These are conduction, convection, radiation and evaporation. The first three are referred to as sensible routes of heat loss, and all require a thermal gradient. In other words, the cow must be hotter than the environment for heat to flow out of the cow into the surrounding environment.

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