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


Calves with Sam: Looking for 'normal' umbilical cord healing

Sometimes it is good to have a sense of what is considered "normal" for an event. One of these of interest to calf rearing persons in the healing rate of the umbilical cord among newborn dairy calves.


Genome Alberta, Ontario Genomics Institute team for better feed efficiency

A $10.3 million private-public grant was awarded to a team led by Dr. Filippo Miglior, University of Guelph, and Dr. Paul Stothard, Livestock Gentec at the University of Alberta, who will use the latest genomic approaches and the Growsafe phenotyping platform to collect and assess the required data to carry out the selection at a lower cost.


The importance of dry matter: Tips for feeders and dairy producers

Dry matter (DM) is what remains when water (moisture) is removed from a feed. In the example corn silage report, you’ll see DM is listed at 35.9% (for simplicity, we’ll round to 36% DM). Another way to think about the concept of DM is: for every 100 lbs of this corn silage that is fed, 64 lbs of it is water.

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Social Media: 7 tips for taking farm photos

Imagine you’re living in a city and working in a cube. The only thing you grow is a house plant, and your only animal interaction is with a cat. To take a break from staring at numbers and sales reports, you take a minute to scroll through Instagram. There, you see a photo of a calf and a kid, and you just can’t help but crack a smile. That night, when you swing past the grocery store to grab cream for your morning coffee, that photo pops back into your head, and you smile again.


Using on-farm culturing to improve mastitis treatment

In spite of considerable improvements in milk quality, mastitis continues to be the most frequent and costly disease of dairy cows. The use of on farm culturing to direct treatment of clinical mastitis gives farmers the opportunity to make better treatment decisions and reduce costs associated with milk discard and treatment of microbiologically negative cases.


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