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Raising your best calf ever workshops in Iowa, Minn., S.D. & N.D.

Dairy producers are encouraged to attend one of the, one-day workshops, focused on Raising Your Best Calf Ever, hosted by the I-29 Dairy Outreach Consortium. The workshops will be held in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota beginning January 5, 2015.

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Northwest: WSDA approves livestock industry protection rules

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Director Bud Hover approved several rules designed to enhance the state’s ability to protect livestock, including adopting a fee to pay for an animal disease traceability system that will go into operation next year.

Hover approved five rules, but the key changes provide for funding of the animal disease traceability system and ensure a safety net that protects the entire industry. Specifically:


Wisconsin 2015 Crop Budget COP Calculator available online

The input costs for growing alfalfa, corn, soybeans, and wheat in Wisconsin are predicted to be mixed in 2015. Crop prices are forecasted to be lower. Fertilizer prices are mixed. Pesticide prices are expected to be slightly higher. Fuel prices should be lower. Seed prices are expected to be stable to lower, according to Ken Barnett, University of Wisconsin-Extension educator emeritus.

“When deciding how much of an input to apply, producers can maximize their investment in that input by considering its marginal rate of return,” said Barnett.


How to choose your next cover crop

Need some help making a decision on which clover you should use as a cover crop?


What is your largest phosphorus import?

Phosphorus balance is the amount of actual phosphorus imported into a farm contained in sources such as feed, fertilizer, animals, and bedding less the phosphorus contained in exported milk, animals, feed, and manure. If the imports of phosphorus remain higher than the exports of phosphorus for a period of time, the usual consequence is an elevated level of soil phosphorus in the fields.


Calves with Sam: Starter intake varies calf-by-calf

Hugh Chester-Jones at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center summarized their research data on calf starter grain intakes. These data are for many trials over a number of years.
The intakes are reported for two-week intervals from day 1 to day 42.    

Profit Tips: 3 tools to better navigate the transition period

Dairy cow transition is a journey impacted by a myriad of management practices and influences. The more we learn about this critical period, the more we come to understand its influence on cow health and performance during the current lactation – and into the next.


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