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Recycled sand safe for bedding

“Recycled sand can safely be used to bed free stalls on dairy farms,” concludes an on-farm study published in the December 2005 Journal of Dairy Science. The study found that the number of gram-negative bacteria, coliforms, Klebsiella, and Streptococcus in recycled sand was similar to that found in clean sand up to seven days after bedding was added. FULL STORY »

Tile lines vulnerable to runoff

Preliminary research presented at the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Dairy Policy Summit offered some new insight regarding runoff through tile lines. FULL STORY »

6X milking: No impact on reproduction

Frequent-milking in early lactation doesn’t always increase milk production. (Please see “What’s new with 4X/6X milking?” on page 32 of the January issue.) It also may not affect reproduction. FULL STORY »

6X milking: No change in cow health

Milking cows six times per day for the first 21 days in milk does not appear to impact cow health. FULL STORY »

Does laminitis start at weaning?

How you feed heifers at weaning may set them up for future lameness problems, according to preliminary research from Colorado State University. FULL STORY »

Set limits on gains before puberty

How fast can you grow heifers before puberty without hurting first-lactation milk yield? FULL STORY »

Study explores feasibility of organic dairying

A study of 30 organic dairy farms in Vermont and Maine shows that they may not be as profitable as initially perceived. FULL STORY »

Early-life nutrition impacts milk yield

New research from the University of Arizona shows that the volume of colostrum fed at birth impacts future milk production. FULL STORY »

Consider straw, shavings for calves

Straw and wood shavings appear to be optimal bedding types for calves, according to research from the University of Arkansas. FULL STORY »

New breeding program selects for passive animals

Researchers at Purdue University have designed a new breeding program that emphasizes selecting less-aggressive animals, while gaining optimal productivity and minimizing inbreeding health risks. FULL STORY »

On-farm study: Teat sealants can go it alone

Results from an on-farm study at Table Rock Farm in Castile, N.Y., show that using a teat sealant alone was just as effective as dry-cow antibiotic therapy at preventing new mastitis infections in low-risk cows. FULL STORY »

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