Listen to what the cows are saying

At 7 a.m., Joel Sutter sits down at a computer to review his cows’ rumination activity. FULL STORY »

How some of the top dairies achieve reproductive excellence

Five dairies were named platinum winners for reproductive excellence at the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council annual meeting in November. FULL STORY »

Class III continues sideways, butter curve flattens out

Friday’s session saw prices get off to a stronger start and, after the spot market closed unchanged with no activity, futures prices closed out the week on an uptick. July Class III hit and settled right at the $21.00 mark yet another new high. Early strength seemed to come as a result of price revisions from the USDA to the previous week’s cheese prices. FULL STORY »

New dietary guidelines

The new dietary guidelines released by the federal government in late January urge Americans to increase their consumption of low-fat and fat-free dairy foods. FULL STORY »

A price correction may be in store for Class III futures

Class III futures traded a lighter, 1,600-contract volume in a mostly mixed fashion Wednesday. Nearby contracts moved slightly lower, and some firming occurred for the second half of 2011 contract months. But when the dust settled, the February to December futures price average finished unchanged at $17.20 per hundredweight. FULL STORY »

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Harvest-floor revelations

The Cargill Regional Beef Plant in Pennsylvania harvests about 1,600 head of cattle per day, with about 70 percent of the total being market (cull) dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

A message from Mother Nature

Here’s some advice to keep your cows and calves warm and cozy this winter. FULL STORY »

Tips to manage and prevent DAs

Left displacement of the abomasum (LDA) is one of the most common surgical diseases we see in dairy cattle. The incidence rate of LDA varies widely between dairy farms, but a reasonable goal would be less than 3 to 5 percent of fresh cows developing a LDA. FULL STORY »

If you don’t seek, you won’t find

I find that certain diseases or conditions go unrecognized on many dairies because a complete exam is not done on a routine basis. But if you don’t look for it, you won’t find it. FULL STORY »

Load 'em up, head 'em out

Here are some considerations to help cows prepare for a transportation event. FULL STORY »

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