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Dairy markets: ‘Flux’ is a dairy state

Class III futures were mixed, as nearby contracts through 1Q 2015 found some support, while deferred months continued to track lower. FULL STORY »

Activity and rumination monitors enhance excellent genetics

What do you get when you combine excellent dairy genetics, a dedicated dairy management team and an intimate glimpse into cow activity and rumination time? FULL STORY »

The goal: pregnant cows

The goal on any dairy should be to get cows pregnant. The metric we need to evaluate to determine if we are reaching this goal is the 21-day pregnancy rate. FULL STORY »

Hall of Fame recognizes renowned beef and dairy veterinarians

Honoring their significant contributions to the beef and dairy cattle industry, David Bechtol, D.V.M., and Maarten Drost, D.V.M., were inducted into the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame (CPVHOF). FULL STORY »

Omega 3 aumenta la fertilidad

This month the article "Omega 3 boosts fertility," has been translated into Spanish. Written by veterinarian Meg Cattell, this column shares the latest research on Omega 3 and explains how it can help improve reproductive performance. It originally appeared in the September 2006 issue of Dairy Herd Management. FULL STORY »

Dairy producers – Get your water tested!

Water is the single most important nutrient for dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Berman: Camouflaged activists threaten agriculture

Normally, this column space is reserved for the goings on of HSUS and other animal-liberation activists. But recently, they haven’t been having much success. FULL STORY »

Bulls lose steam amid modest news Tuesday

Class III futures traded mostly lower early as the heavy volume trade continued. The spot market once again saw an uptick as buyers were aggressive but sellers brought more product to the exchange. When we settled, the block was up 2 cents at 2.1400 with 5 trades and barrels were up ½ a cent at 2.1150 with no trades. The spot sales that hit bids seemed to have deterred futures from rallying hard and instead helped inspire more of a consolidation trade at these lofty levels. Heat in the Midwest also underpinned futures. FULL STORY »

Yellow Jacket

Big Ass Fan Company introduces Yellow Jacket, the portable fan that takes abuse and stays in use. FULL STORY »

Sampling reveals high rate of subclinical hypocalcemia

A blood calcium sampling program involving more than 5,000 transition dairy cows showed subclinical hypocalcemia in an average of 55 percent of the cows tested. FULL STORY »

Profit tips: Parlor efficiency starts in freestalls, holding pen

Milking parlor efficiency starts long before the cows enter the parlor, according to Tom Lorenzen, Alltech on-farm support technician. Every dairy farmer needs to “stop, look and listen” to their cows. FULL STORY »

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