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Central Plains Dairy Expo draws I-29 dairy producers Dairy producers and allied industry supporters gathered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the Central Plains Dairy Expo March 25-27.
Conference focus: Practical mastitis management Dairy industry personnel joined with two dozen veterinarians and an equal number of Pennsylvania dairy farmers to learn best practices for managing mastitis and maintaining milk quality.
Trends we noticed at World Ag Expo 2014 Warm and dry conditions prevailed at the 2014 World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. While the weather made for good show attendance, it was not what the locals really needed.
Top 3 tips: Breeding and reproduction PDF Print E-mail

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

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. 

DCHA conference-goers benefitted from on-farm tours, presentations PDF Print E-mail

heifer barn at Synergy Dairy Pulaski WisconsinDespite the still chilly temperatures in Green Bay, Wisconsin, more than 300 calf and heifer growers and industry representatives attended the 2014 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Conference April 1-3. The new conference format included two afternoons of bus tours, with several on-farm presentations at each stop.

A warm weather plan of action helps calves grow PDF Print E-mail

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.

Is your dairy ready for an animal activist attack? PDF Print E-mail

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

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 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.



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