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Those producers who survive the current economic uncertainty will be the ones that have managed the risk of their businesses. We all recognize the risk of price both in terms of buying commodities and selling products.

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Genomics is creating a new buzz in the genetics industry and is getting quite a bit of press, as you may have noticed. I am convinced it is not just “techno-babble,” either. It’s a technology that promises to drive productivity and genetic improvement on progressive dairies.

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Providing adequate energy is a fine balancing act in an ever-changing rumen environment. Low levels may not provide the necessary energy to support high production while excessive energy can result in serious health conditions like rumen acidosis, lameness and liver abscesses.

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After a brief period of excellent milk prices and reasonable feed prices, the dairy industry is once again slipping back toward a break-even mode of production. Hopefully, that won’t be long-lived.

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As temperatures warm in spring, you may check fans and the sprinkler system so they work for the hot, sticky days of summer.

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Historically, extensive dairy cow lameness is a relatively new problem with many causes.

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