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Protect the future of your business

Strategic business planning can be an important part of long-range success. A business plan serves as a necessary and cost-effective way to improve stability during volatile times, which can be frequent in the agricultural industry. FULL STORY »

Frequent feeding helps promote feed intake

Management of nutrition, including feed delivery and bunk space, can be as important as nutritional composition. Certainly, providing good access to feed throughout the day will help promote intake, according to Trevor DeVries, dairy scientist at the University of Guelph in Canada. 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 »

Cow cooling pays

Proper cooling of cows can provide $100 to $300 in extra profit per cow per year due to increased milk production and improved feed efficiency, according to Israel Flamenbaum, an international expert on cow cooling. FULL STORY »

Shoo birds don’t bother me

Birds can be nuisance for dairy farmers. They steal feed that could be going to cows and leave quite a mess afterwards. FULL STORY »

New resource for pest management on dairies

Central Life Sciences recently launched www.YourIPM.com, a digital pest management resource developed for dairy professionals. FULL STORY »

If you’re involved in milk production, you need this new book

Need to know the Nation’s top 10 milk-producing states? How about Class III milk prices by month going back eight years? Or perhaps you need the top 10 export markets for U.S. dairy products in 2012. FULL STORY »

Contract essentials for raising heifers

Purdue Dairy Extension specialist Tamilee Nennich provides guidelines for thorough contracts between dairies and contract growers. FULL STORY »

Heifers have specific transition needs

While multiparous cows may be the main target of transition-management programs, first-calf heifers also are vulnerable to setbacks in the transition period, and should receive specialized care. FULL STORY »

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