Dairy Herd Management articles:

Environmental stewardship

Covered in cover crops
Cover crops can help solve manure run-off issues, as well as reduce the amount of manure reaching tile-lines.

Support nutrient-management with feeding decisions  
New software is available from washington State University to help you determine feeding decisions to support a nutrient-management plan.

Formulate for less manure 
The environmental impact of dairy continues to be scrutinized, and the front door and back door of the cow are connected.

Human capital

Union or bust?
You may think that a unionized dairy labor force is only a California problem. Unfortunately, dairies in every state are susceptible to a union. Full story.

Head off injury lawsuits 
A potential employee’s character can be an indication of how much trouble you encounter if that employee experiences a work-related injury.

“Farm bucks” motivational tool 
Some producers have discovered an employee reward that acts like money, but isn’t.

Animal well-being

Is your animal well-being audit certified?
The Professional Animal Auditors Certification Organization has created a three person review panel to evaluate dairy animal well-being programs to determine if they are consistent with the principles and guidelines of the National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative. 

A lame excuse
Recent studies indicate that at any given time 30 percent of dairy cows suffer from some sort of lameness.

Enrich her life 
Put two calves side-by-side. Then, imagine one of them is fading into thin air. She did not get enough antibodies at birth and is a victim of passive transfer failure.

Food safety

Food safety standards tightened
The government recently released new standards for food safety in an effort to reduce the effects of E.coli, salmonella and other food-borne pathogens. Full story.

Reaching out to consumers 
Driven by the desire to give something back to the dairy industry — and the need to educate and answer consumer concerns about food safety, food traceability, the environment, and the unfavorable press that agriculture has sometimes received — nine dairy families decided to create the Fair Oaks Farms Adventure Center.

Your role in preventing food-borne pathogens 
Dairy farms are a reservoir of foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, Staphylococcus aureus, and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli.