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Peruse practical information for the dairy producer on essential topics including management, A.I. and breeding, new technology, and feed and nutrition.

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Over 30 years ago, a group of farm women in Nebraska recognized a need to speak up for agriculture and formed Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE). Today, it is a national organization with local chapters and state associations in 15 states across the country.

“Most of our members are ladies who get the dirt under their fingernails,” says Tammy Basel, national WIFE president from Union Center, South Dakota.

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Robyn Buttars of Lewiston, Utah, has been writing and composing music for more than 13 years. When she reached a special birthday milestone in her life, she decided it was time to take her writing to the next level.

“About when I turned 40, I thought, ‘I want to write a book,’” she says. “So I just decided it was time to do it.”

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Several dangerous diseases can be transferred from dam to calf through infected colostrum, Johne’s disease being the most notable. However diseases caused by Mycoplasma species (Myco), including mastitis, are another group of infections transferred through colostrum. Myco diseases can be sinister, difficult to detect and economically devastating.

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Proteins are long chains of amino acids put together in a specific sequence to perform a particular function in the body. The amino acid sequence of proteins and the subsequent three-dimensional structure of the protein are incredibly complex and are responsible for all their actions in the body.

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A healthy calving program is an integral part of a strong dairy business. Especially now that milk prices are low, losing calves or missing conceptions will take a toll on your bottom line. Dyecrest Dairy on the Front Range of Colorado has had great success in keeping their registered herd full of replacements. Dairy owner Terry Dye has entrusted the A.I. and calving aspect of the dairy to his daughter, Amanda Dye, for the past 20 years.

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