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Feeding high-producing cows continues to challenge dairy farmers and nutritionists. Also, dairy profit margins vary as milk prices and feed costs shift yearly.

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Any dairy producer will tell you that when it comes to getting a dairy cow pregnant, sooner is better than later. The sooner she’s bred, the sooner she’ll calve and the less time she’ll spend out of the milk-production cycle.

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Pasture-based heifer-raising systems are common in many parts of the country, especially where seasonal temperatures and rainfall allow year-round grazing with no artificial shelter.

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For anyone involved in dairy these days, there are an increasing number of options to “go green.”

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Cold weather is quickly approaching and the challenge of keeping calves growing and healthy has begun.

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Farmers have long balanced environmental stewardship with profitability as part their daily lives. The idea of doing well by doing good provides part of the foundation to the proposed national cap-and-trade program of the incoming presidential administration and Congress. Many farms across the country have already reaped financial and environmental benefits by developing projects that supply carbon credits into the U.S. carbon marketplace – benefits like revenue, biogas production for energy use on the farm, better neighbor relationship management, decreased odors, rainwater diversion, reduction of the farm’s carbon footprint and many other real savings.

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