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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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The health of replacement animals is an important component of total herd profitability.

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In very simple terms, dairy profitability can be defined as the difference between milk prices and the cost of production, multiplied by the pounds of milk produced.

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With the recent dramatic drop in milk prices coupled with above- average prices for feed, fertilizer and seed, many are questioning or rethinking if they have the most economical feeding program or if there are places where they can cut feed-related costs.

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Milk harvesting accounts for almost half of the electricity used on dairies, but fine-tuning an operation offers ways to trim energy costs, a South Dakota State University specialist said.

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The abomasum normally lies on the floor of the abdomen, but can become filled with gas and rise to the top of the abdomen when it is said to be ‘displaced’.

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As we tackle the concept of whole-farm nutrient management in this issue it really comes to light how dairy producers today must perform an incredible balancing act throughout their entire operation.

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