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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 »

Corn collapses on USDA data; Class III shows vulnerable side

Spot prices held steady Thursday and, despite a sole bid in the blocks, futures prices fell. Simply put, you have to feed the bull and it went hungry yet again following days of nothing in the style of significant spot cheese price increases. FULL STORY »

Poll: How will you celebrate the 4th of July?

- Grill out with friends and family
- Fireworks
- Go to a parade
- Work
- Other

Free Web access to The Dairyland Initiative for veterinarians

The latest information on "cow comfort” and healthy heifer housing has become even more accessible. Veterinarians in North America may now register for a free two-year subscription to The Dairyland Initiative’s Web site, thanks to sponsorship from Pfizer Animal Health. FULL STORY »

Get manure’s full value

Recently, more and more dairy farmers have been considering the contribution of manure’s value to their cash flow in livestock operation budgets. But, determining the economic value of the nutrients in livestock manure can be tricky. To help, check out this spreadsheet that considers first-year fertilizer replacement value, possible residual value, and yield impacts, along with application cost. FULL STORY »

Drug residue pointer sheet

A one-page document discussing common reasons for carcass drug residues is now available for dairy farmers. FULL STORY »

Social media 2.0

While many organizations will tell you to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, not many of them tell you how to use these sites, says the Ohio Farm Bureau. FULL STORY »

New online maps help farmers cut manure runoff risk

New online tools can help Wisconsin farmers know when conditions are right to spread manure on their land, so it stays on the fields to fertilize the soil instead of risking pollution of streams and groundwater. FULL STORY »

How long should a new crop ferment before feeding?

Don’t jump the gun when feeding your new-crop corn silage. Feeding a crop that hasn’t properly fermented can lower dry matter intake (DMI), decrease milk production, and cause digestive upsets. FULL STORY »

Pennsylvania unveils new consumer brochure

The center for dairy excellence has unveiled a new consumer brochure made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association. FULL STORY »

Don’t remove animal ID tags

Whether animals are moved in state, across state lines or out of the country, it is important to maintain the integrity of all forms of official identification, whether in the form of metal “brite” tags, radio frequency ID or American ID tags, say livestock experts. FULL STORY »

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