Should you switch corn variety maturity?
Due to recent wet weather across parts of the Corn Belt, growers anxiously await planting the 2011 corn crop. These delays can limit the number of growing days from the crop, prompting questions about switching to earlier hybrids. FULL STORY »
Readers critical of SCC decision
On Friday, Dairy Herd Network asked how you felt about the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments decision last week not to lower that national standard for somatic cell counts (SCC) to 400,000 cells per ml. Apparently that decision didn’t sit well with many of you. By a nearly three-to-one margin, poll respondents to this non-scientific poll said that they did not support the choice to leave national standards where they are. FULL STORY »
“Share How You Care” video contest
The Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) hope a new "Share How You Care" video contest will spur local farmers to break out of their shell, strut their stuff on YouTube and shine the spotlight on the many ways farmers care for the environment and world around them. Cash prizes will be offered for the top videos. FULL STORY »
Michigan youth livestock scholarships available
Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) has awarded more than $275,000 in scholarships and educational awards to outstanding youth who have exhibited at livestock events in Michigan. Applications for another round of MYLSF general and statewide scholarships are now being accepted through June 17. FULL STORY »
Help to sort through synchronization protocols
It can be a challenge to keep the various synchronization protocols straight in your mind, let alone successfully implement them on your dairy. To help you and your management team more effectively manage your farm’s reproductive performance, a group of dairy reproductive experts have created a dairy synchronization protocol fact sheet. The two-page document outlines established synchronization protocols, making it an excellent resource tool for your reproductive toolbox. FULL STORY »
Can corn prices rebound again?
The corn market has been the “poster child” for the sharp increase in agricultural commodity prices that began last summer and extended into the spring of 2011. FULL STORY »
Researchers say lactose intolerance more psychological
MailOnline reports findings by Italian researchers shows lactose intolerance and other food allergies may be more psychological, affecting people dealing with stress, anxiety or depression. FULL STORY »
Block cheese ended last week at $1.6475
Class III milk and cheese have failed to rally in the past week, but have also held up well while surrounded by outside markets that collapsed - grains, metals, energies, etc. Chart after chart on milk and cheese show clear consolidation following what was a large price increase. But sellers have not yet shown any panic. FULL STORY »
Forage harvesting spring 2011
To say it bluntly, this weather is for the birds! At a time when forage supplies are becoming low and producers look toward spring harvests of winter small grains and cool season grasses, these unending rain events are seriously affecting dairy and livestock producers. FULL STORY »
We’ve got work to do
When it comes to raising heifers that last in the milking herd – we’ve got our work cut out for us. New research published in the April 2011 Journal of Dairy Science shows that a large number of heifers never become productive or are culled before their full lactation potential. FULL STORY »
Is she going to calve soon?
New research suggests that an automated system for monitoring cows during the transition period could help minimize cow and calf losses associated with dystocia. FULL STORY »