New advisory board will help identify industry trends
A business magazine or trade publication should help its readers see and anticipate trends. FULL STORY »
Busy as a bee
What’s on your to-do list today? If you’re like most dairy farmers, the list includes a healthy dose of tasks geared toward making milk, feeding and breeding cows, equipment repairs and the like. But don’t forget to include items that contribute to knowledge about your business and the outside factors that impact it. FULL STORY »
OMG: Texting in the workplace
More than 5 billion text messages are sent every day and 1.5 trillion text messages every year. Like most people, you probably engage in this technology. A text message can be a very handy tool to let someone know when you’re running late and to answer/ask a question when you’re not in a position to talk on the phone.
Here’s a look at why you should consider implementing a cell phone policy on-farm. FULL STORY »
Stay ahead of disease with proper diagnostics
Two persistently infected BVD calves found in one day. Bad news!
With some detective work, the owners were able to find an infected cow that had been in the same pen as the dams of the calves. FULL STORY »
Training technology captures parlor efficiency
For years, standard operating procedures, along with an employee handbook and on-the-job training, did the trick for teaching milkers at Brian and Yogi Brown’s Sunburst Dairy near Belleville, Wis.
“But when we added the second barn in 2008 and expanded to 500 cows, we realized we were still using the same SOPs we had developed years ago, and they were outdated,” says Yogi Brown. FULL STORY »
Don’t let your herd get bugged by parasites
When is the last time you went over your parasite-control program? If it’s been a while, you may need to dust off your plans and give them a tweak or two, since recommendations have probably changed since you last thought about parasites. FULL STORY »