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Browse our wealth of news and information for advice and tips on topics ranging from reproduction to nutrition.

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Herd-level ketosis monitoring available from AgSource

Today we have low-cost ways to monitor whether cows have ketosis, including cow-side blood tests that cost from $0.24 to $2.00 per test. In an ideal world, producers would have time and money to test every fresh cow for ketosis twice between 5 and 20 days in milk, and some are. At $4/cow/year, that adds up to $6,000 including heifers in a herd of 1,000 cows, which is a small price to pay compared to an estimated cost of $289/cow/case of ketosis.

But sometimes it's time, not money, that's the most limiting factor on a farm.

News

With MPP-Dairy behind, attention turns to ARC-CO and PLC

Differences in expected payments between Agricultural Risk Coverage - County Coverage (ARC-CO) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) will be an important factor when making the program choice decisions offered under the 2014 Farm Bill.

Nutrition

Iodine: Are your forgetting a key trace mineral?

Iodine plays a key role in dairy cattle energy metabolism and immunity, impacting overall performance. It’s also important to recognize that iodine has potential to be either under or over fortified in diets.

News

Choosing alternative feedstuffs in a fickle marketplace

Despite lower feed costs in recent months, declining farm-gate prices for milk will have dairy farm managers sharpening their feed-planning pencils in search of cost-effective rations for 2015. Well-balanced rations are critical to the health and well-being of the cow and the dairy enterprise.

News

Feedback: Calving outcomes on dairy farms: We've been collecting data for decades

Dairy Herd Management recently published a pair of articles (Get a handle on dystocia data and Every delivery is special) that discussed the need for record-keeping as part of a calving management program. I agree very strongly with the importance of data collection. Without accurate information about calving performance it is difficult to identify and address problems.

Quality Silage

Paper or plastic?

What type of sample bag should be used for silage to be analyzed for yeasts and molds — paper or plastic?
Some forage testing laboratories recommend submitting these samples in paper bags. However, no research supports this recommendation. It may be labs might be recommending paper bags because that’s what they read somewhere or “because we’ve always done it that way.”

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