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Top 3 tips: Breeding and reproduction PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Glaucio Lopes   

Reproduction management in a dairy herd is consistently a subject that brings attention, and the constant search to maximize efficiency is always a hot-topic among producers. The 21-day Pregnancy Rate is the index we typically use to measure reproductive performance, where we can see how fast eligible cows become pregnant after the voluntary waiting period (VWP).

Workplace violence on dairy farms PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Management
Written by Lisa Pompeii and David Douphrate   

Workplace violence is a significant occupational health and safety issue and occurs when workers experience verbal abuse, verbal/physical threat of assault or physical assault, which includes fatal and non-fatal injury, as well as adverse emotional consequences in the absence of a physical injury. 

A warm weather plan of action helps calves grow PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Calf and Heifer Raising
Written by Devin Hyde   

warm weather care dairy calvesAs winter fades into spring, calves face a changing climate. Dairy producers can reduce the stress of the impending warm weather by implementing simple strategies to their daily calf care regiment.

Consider alternative ingredients to balance amino acids PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Kevin Herrick   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:46

Everyone is scrambling to provide healthy, balanced rations for dairy cattle while dealing with changing feed prices and fluctuating ingredient supply.

One component of dairy rations that constitutes a large expense, yet is critically important for maintaining production in high-producing dairy cows, is protein and amino acid nutrition.

Milk fat content, production a function of feed management PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Alan S. Vaage   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:27

dairy jersey cows eating feedMilk components are the principle source of revenue on dairy farms and vary with milk volume and fat and protein content.

While it is often said that on a given farm production will be a function of genetic potential and the meeting of nutrition requirements, in the case of milk fat content, this may not be true.

Digestibility: The key to unlocking forage quality, profitability PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Kevin Jones   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:13

Since a dairy cow’s diet consists of from 40 to 60 percent forage, the quality of that forage has an enormous impact on the performance and profitability of the dairy. What exactly determines the quality of forage?

Forage quality is determined by the nutrient content and the digestibility of those nutrients. Protein, NDF, fat, sugar and starch are the nutrients to be most concerned with.

‘Who moved the goalpost?’ – Teams should never have to ask PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Management
Written by Patrick Patton   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:32

The extra point in football has been called pointless. The National Football League has discussed getting rid of it because the kick is easy, almost always made and just takes up valuable game time to move the kicking unit on and off the field.

What if the NFL decided to add a wrinkle to the extra point kick? Let’s say the opposing team could line up, and when the whistle blew to start the play, they could move the goalpost one way or another to fool the kicking unit.

Cow/machine interface: Expert shares tips for spotting trends PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Cow Comfort
Written by Paul Peetz   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:01

I’ve often said “I am not good with numbers, but I can spot a trend.” I have spent hours poring over data from milking machines.

Unit-on time, peak milk flow, average milk flow, milk in the first two minutes, first 30 seconds and first 15 seconds are all data points that can be analyzed and at times need to be. But the truth is: At times the data can be truly overwhelming. What does it all mean?



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