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Calf and Heifer

Calves with Sam: Are your bottles and pails food-grade clean?

On a farm visit just one week before we checked both the bottles used to store the colostrum and the esophageal tube feeder used to deliver the colostrum. We used a SystemSURE Plus luminometer that reports back in relative light units (RLU). These RLU's are highly correlated with standard plate counts from bacteria cultures.


Tips for negotiating farmland rent

Negotiating farmland rental rates can be challenging. Generally landowners and tenants want to be fair with each other and don’t want to be taken advantage of. Landowners need to cover the costs associated with owning land like land payment, insurance and taxes. Farmer-tenants need land in order to grow a crop and generate income. Most landowners and farmers alike want an easy way to determine fair rent prices. However, volatility in the market over the past few years complicates the situation.


Precision Dairy: To invest, or not to invest?

Despite the high initial investment many dairy producers are incorporating new technologies into their daily farm operations and seeing great results. Other dairy producers are resistant to new technology, preferring to farm using more traditional methods. Here’s the catch: two farms could be located a quarter mile down the road from each other but the way they use technology could be the exact opposite. So what’s the difference? Why do some producers decide to invest in new technologies and others opt out?


Robotic rations

Feeding cows in robotically milked herds is not quite as easy as milking them


Cover crops are viable option for livestock supplemental feed

Producers who want to use the cover crops they planted last fall as supplemental feed for their livestock may want to may want to harvest these crops quickly before the plants get too mature and the feed quality declines, says a forage expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.


JDS ‘Article Collections’ now available

The Journal of Dairy Science® (JDS) announced the availability of four “Article Collections” – compilations of significant papers and research developments within a particular subject area. All papers have been published in the JDS.


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