Choose wisely, not all colostrum replacers created equal
Feeding clean high-quality maternal colostrum is considered the gold standard for getting proper nutrients and antibodies into newborn calves. FULL STORY »
New spreadsheet helps track heifer growth
The Customized Dairy Heifer Growth Chart from Penn State University is a spreadsheet that generates a customized growth curve for individual herds, based on their heifer-rearing goals. FULL STORY »
Milk production may be linked to farm water quality
A recently completed study of water supplies on Pennsylvania dairy farms found that about a quarter of those tested had at least one water-quality issue. FULL STORY »
How much will heat stress cost you this summer?
It is estimated that heat stress costs the dairy industry anywhere from $900 million to $5 billion each year, depending upon the calculation used. FULL STORY »
Cooling dry cows pays as they approach lactation
When dry cows are cooled with fans and sprinklers during warm weather, they produce more milk in their subsequent lactation, research has shown. FULL STORY »
If you are ready to bale it, have you planned to save it?
Mother Nature was not very cooperative with farmers this spring as rainfall slowed field activities in many portions of the Midwest. FULL STORY »
New dairy heifer synchronization protocol sheet
The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (RCRC) has released a dairy heifer synchronization protocol sheet, which outlines established synchronization protocols that may help producers improve heifer reproductive performance. FULL STORY »