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Service engine soon

Include these five things in the regular service of your milking parlor. FULL STORY »

Books that will propel your business

Many of us have been inspired by books over the years. Great pieces of literature like “The Catcher in the Rye” or “The Grapes of Wrath” will remain in our memory bank and serve as a point of reference for future events. FULL STORY »

7 key business tactics for success

Become adept at these skills to improve your dairy’s profitability. FULL STORY »

Heat detection around the clock

Heat detection was a big challenge for Four Henry Holsteins, says dairy partner Mark Henry, who farms with his brothers and several other family members near West Liberty, Ohio. So, several years ago the farm instituted an Ovsynch protocol in its reproductive program, and it worked well, with about 90 percent of cows bred off of that protocol. FULL STORY »

The era of grazing

Many experts feel that grazing could play a more important role in the dairy industry. FULL STORY »

Dairy industry honors leaders

This year’s World Dairy Expo Recognition Award winners have been named. The awards are intended to recognize outstanding leadership in the dairy industry. FULL STORY »

Precision feeding a win-win

It didn’t take much to get Bob Peifer involved with “precision feeding.” FULL STORY »

Don't leave money on the table this summer

Milkfat depression is an age-old problem and there’s plenty of research to explain why it occurs. Despite this knowledge, milkfat levels have been on the decline across the country. For example, in the Mideast Federal Order, most months in 2010 were well below the 10-year average for milkfat percentage. FULL STORY »

Money-makers in difficult times

Dairy Herd Management asked dairy farmers from across the U.S. to share the top five things they have turned to in recent years to add value to their operations. Here is what they had to say. FULL STORY »

Don't miss lame cows

Visual observation for lameness is a good practice, and one that you should employ often on your dairy. However, farmers often only identify about 25 percent of lame cows, says Nuria Chapinal, animal-welfare researcher at the University of British Columbia and the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College. Some of the challenges are that visual assessments are subjective, time-consuming and training is necessary. FULL STORY »

Lameness: The 'big No. 1' animal-welfare problem

As soon as Caledonia, N.Y., dairy producer Mark Callan got a hint of a lameness problem, he took action. It was a few days before Christmas. Callan recalls it well, because his son, Ryan, had just arrived home from college for the holidays. And, far from having a relaxing time ahead of him, Ryan was assigned the task of removing the brisket boards in the free-stalls. FULL STORY »

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