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8 tips to minimize heat stress this summer

The stress associated with summer heat can have negative, lasting effects on herd performance, health and profitability. FULL STORY »

New regulations affect farm fuel storage

If you store more than 1,320 gallons of fuel or other petroleum products on your farm, you will need a written plan for preventing and handling spills. FULL STORY »

2 things to think about

If your dairy farm were to ever be struck with a crisis, think about what you’d do without a cell phone, advises Janet Grubbs, director of integrated communications and special projects with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. FULL STORY »

Conduct a physical exam on your milking system

Just because you perform regular maintenance on your milking system, such as rebuilding pulsators, it does not mean that a routine system evaluation is unnecessary. FULL STORY »

Dairy producers urged to watch dew point during hot weather

With heat indexes soaring over 100 degrees this week, livestock need to be closely monitored to prevent health and production problems FULL STORY »

Rediscovering meadow fescue

A farmer’s report of an unusual forage grass led Michael Casler, to identify the grass as meadow fescue. Casler has developed a new variety of meadow fescue called Hidden Valley, and its seed is being grown for future release. FULL STORY »

Heat stress hard on repeat-breeders

It’s well-known that heat stress has a negative impact on cow fertility, but new research shows that it really hits repeat-breeders hard. FULL STORY »

Mastitis-causing organisms matter

Does it really make a difference which coagulase-negative staphylococcus (CNS) species infects cows in your herd? Research published in the May Journal of Dairy Science says it does. FULL STORY »

Enhance milk quality through breeding

Genetic discoveries suggest you can lower mastitis incidence through improved cow immunity. FULL STORY »

Will someone catch the ball and run with it?

They punted. There is really no other way to describe what happened on May 4 when the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments turned down a proposal to improve the somatic cell standard for milk in the United States. FULL STORY »

CME spot blocks post 2011 high on Friday

Class III futures closed out the week on a mixed note despite a very sharp jump in the spot markets. Settlements were mixed from +6 to -15 all the way through December 2012, and volume was extremely heavy with 2,642 trades. FULL STORY »

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