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Testing for starch availability pays

Jeff Harris, nutritionist with EPL Feeds in central Washington, knows first-hand that rumen degradable starch levels can vary considerably and that testing for it is a valuable asset when formulating rations. FULL STORY »

Tips for better team meetings

There are a number of factors that can make or break the effectiveness of team meetings. FULL STORY »

Eyeball some cow pies today

Many tools exist to evaluate the effectiveness of a dairy cow’s diet, but the final judge of how well a ration performs is the cow herself, says Stuart Rymph. FULL STORY »

What to look for in an oral electrolyte

Oral electrolyte solutions have typically been used to restore fluids, correct pH and electrolyte levels in the blood, and provide nutritional support to scouring calves. FULL STORY »

Put a roof over your calf hutches?

Although hutches pose challenges when the weather is wet — particularly for the people taking care of calves — it is not recommended to add an additional roof over the hutches as this will limit ventilation. FULL STORY »

‘Raw counts’ can be powerful

Greg Goodell, veterinarian with The Dairy Authority, Greeley, Colo., says there are many ways to monitor disease on the dairy. FULL STORY »

Manure smartphone apps

Two apps have been developed recently to help you better manage manure. Both apps are priced at 99 cents and are available through iTunes or Google Play. They include: FULL STORY »

Encourage employee ‘engagement’

Farm owners want engaged employees — the kind who will go the “extra mile” with a passion for what they do. FULL STORY »

Let’s hear it for canola meal

Canola meal may be a better deal than people think. FULL STORY »

Steer clear of the chopping block

When faced with high feed prices and tight or negative margins, the temptation is to look for ways to reduce the feed bill, says Lee Kilmer, extension dairy specialist at Iowa State University. FULL STORY »

Keep iron levels in water below 8 mg/L

At the Cornell Nutrition Conference last October, water-quality expert Dave Beede offered a sneak peek into research on iron concentrations in the drinking water of dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

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