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Is your dairy ready for an animal activist attack? PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Management
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   

With the threat of hidden cameras, rogue employees and slanderous anti-animal agriculture agendas, standing guard against activist groups should be part of every dairy’s business plan.

Conductive cooling: Could it be the new cow comfort concept? PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Cow Comfort
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   

conductive cooling for dairy cow stallsFans, foggers, soakers and misters … dairymen go to great lengths to keep cows cool. While these cooling methods work from the top down, a new concept works from the bottom up.

Find them faster: Five tips for catching fresh cow illness early PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Herd Health
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   

dairy cow feed pileIt’s time for a little spring cleaning, so why not freshen up your fresh pen?

Dr. Gary Oetzel from the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine shared these tips for identifying problems in the postfresh pen during the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) Business Conference last month.

Dairy cattle welfare from an ethicist’s perspective PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Management
Written by Raymond Anthony   

As an ethicist, I am interested in the respectful treatment of animals. Respectful treatment coincides with being mindful of the physical and mental states of animals throughout their entire lifespan in the system in which they are being reared. I believe that ethics, together with other disciplines, can inform societal concerns about the nature of farming and promote better care for animals.

Open-air manure storage safety PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Manure
Written by Dennis Murphy, Davis Hill and David Douphrate   

Prior research and outreach focus has been given to injuries and fatalities that occur in “confined space” manure storages. Such enclosed storage areas may be below animal quarters, or below-ground reception and pump-out pits.  

Coaching dairy leaders – What is it and why does it work? PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Management
Written by Mark Uhlenberg   
Friday, 28 March 2014 13:31

I think my coaching adventures started when I was a young child on a Midwest row crop, pig, chicken and dairy farm. I followed my dad around the farm from a very early age, asked a lot of questions, observed how the work got done and received the responsibility of doing chores.

Three ways to prevent animal mistreatment, undercover videos PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Management
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Friday, 28 March 2014 13:24

It takes only one.

One employee. One video camera. One YouTube post. One minute to destroy a hard-earned reputation.

The risks dairymen face today go far beyond crop failure and commodity market volatility. Producers are tasked with protecting their livelihoods from agenda-driven activists trying to sneak through the door and onto our dairies.

5 costly mistakes on your dairy PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Management
Written by Harley Wagenseller   
Friday, 28 March 2014 13:01

We in the dairy business at times seem to just go through the motions without thinking about the cost of our daily routine, good or bad. So let us consider a few areas in which our daily routine may be costing us big money.


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