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Open the lines of communication

George Bernard Shaw once said the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. Overcoming this illusion can be a challenge for dairy owners. Years ago, nearly every dairy farm was owned, managed and all tasks were performed by the owner and immediate family, and maybe an employee or two. FULL STORY »

Get more out of those assets

It should always be your goal to get the highest return on investment. Many farmers can improve their asset utilization by 10 percent or more. FULL STORY »

Conductive cooling: a new way to cool cows

New work from the University of Arizona is looking at the use of convection cooling of free-stall beds as a new approach to reduce heat stress in cattle. FULL STORY »

Turn down the heat

Remember the first warm day of spring? Sixty-eight degrees can feel downright heavenly.

But if you’re a high-producing dairy cow, 68 degrees F is beginning to get uncomfortable. In fact, recent research shows that it’s at this threshold — not the previously thought 72 degrees F — that cows can begin to experience the effects of mild heat stress. FULL STORY »

Understand your Hispanic workforce

Awareness of cultural differences can improve your management. FULL STORY »

Reset your resynch

Gain more from these protocols by setting up cows for success. FULL STORY »

Winning back consumers: The first step

To give consumers a better taste experience, one milk cooperative in Florida is doing its part to reduce somatic cell counts and bacteria counts on the front end. FULL STORY »

We’re not out of the woods yet

Hopes that 2010 would be significantly better than 2009 did not materialize. There was some recovery, but storm clouds are reappearing on the horizon as the year comes to an end. FULL STORY »

Time to take action

Drug residues in cull dairy cows have serious implications for your business. FULL STORY »

Only you can stop drug residues

The number of drug residues that occur in meat is very small - 0.003 percent of all cattle slaughtered. However, cull dairy cows are the No. 1 violator when it comes to drug residues. And, it’s an issue that the dairy industry must take care of without further delay. FULL STORY »

Buy now or buy later?

Use these hints to analyze capital purchase decisions. FULL STORY »

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