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Upcoming webinars from DAIReXNET

DAIReXNET offers webinars for dairy producers, dairy farm employees, Extension educators, allied industry professionals, and veterinarians. FULL STORY »

Illinois Dairy Summit seminars

Three regional Illinois dairy meetings sponsored by Illinois Milk Producers Association and the University of Illinois are scheduled at Freeport (Jan 21), Bloomington (Jan 22), and Centralia (Jan 23). FULL STORY »

Stop the drain of fresh cow disorders

Like a slow leak from a car tire that eventually turns into a flat, subclinical ketosis and milk fever can slowly drain profits from your dairy. FULL STORY »

Don’t wait until New Year’s to set goals

Phil Durst, Extension Dairy Educator with Michigan State University, recently visited a farm that had the goal of “30/30 by ’13.” FULL STORY »

Maximize your colostrum feeding program

The newborn calf’s immune system is underdeveloped, so it depends on colostrums to supply critical “passive immunity” to ward off illness and infection, plus other colostral factors necessary to enhance calf health, growth and performance. FULL STORY »

Online dairy classes

The University of Illinois will be offering Advanced Dairy Nutrition (ANSC 423) and Milk Secretion and Mastitis (ANSC 435), both running 11 weeks starting in January. FULL STORY »

Visit other farms

Seeing others’ production practices and management principles directly allows you to dig deeper into how you might adopt those practices or principles on your farm. FULL STORY »

How good is your pre-milking teat prep?

Bulk tank milk samples can help you monitor the effectiveness of your pre-milking teat prep. FULL STORY »

Advice for beginning farmers

Starting your own dairy requires courage, boldness and sense of adventure. Phil Durst with Michigan State University Extension shares some of the start-up advice he learned from young dairy producers and employees at a recent extension event: FULL STORY »

Extra nutrients for calves pay off later

Feeding extra nutrients to calves in the pre-weaning stage will make them better milk cows down the line, points out Mike Van Amburgh, dairy scientist from Cornell University. FULL STORY »

Strategies for shortage of forage

With lingering drought in many areas, the forage supply may be limited. Quality has also been an issue. FULL STORY »

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