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DHM Numbers: June culling hits 6-year low

U.S. dairy cows culled for slaughter in June 2014 fell to the lowest level in six years, slipping below 200,000 head for the first time since June 2008. FULL STORY »

2014 Empire Farm Days are Aug. 5-7

The 2014 Empire Farm Days is scheduled Aug. 5-7, at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms, Seneca Falls, NY. FULL STORY »

Ammonia and calf health

In a recent posting on his blog, “Calves with Sam,” New York calf and heifer specialist Sam Leadley discusses industry guidelines and practical monitoring of ammonia levels in preweaned calf environments. FULL STORY »

Mid-year inventory shows further declines in cattle numbers

The July 1 Cattle report from USDA, released on Friday, July 25, shows reductions in almost all classes of cattle since the last mid-year report issued in July 2012. Last year, USDA did not issue a July Cattle report due to the sequestration that temporarily reduced funding for federal government agencies. FULL STORY »

GIs becoming growing cheese trade barrier

A new and growing type of trade barrier involving common food names has emerged, restricting access to the Korean market for key U.S. cheeses FULL STORY »

Implementing shorter, single-group dry cow programs

Consider Shorter, Single-Group Dry Periods for Managing Hypocalcemia. There’s been a trend on dairy farms to implement shorter, single-group dry cow programs. Benefits to shortening the dry period for may include: FULL STORY »

Keeping nutrients in the field and out of tile lines

Farm drainage has been increasing land productivity since its introduction during the colonial times in the United States. However, there is concern today more than ever about proper management to protect surface water quality. FULL STORY »

New-style calf barns spring up

The brutal winters of the Upper Midwest have motivated some producers to seek alternative housing facilities for their calves .They want an option that offers the environmental and health benefits of hutch housing FULL STORY »

U.S dairy cow numbers up, but replacement heifer numbers lower

There are expectations of continued moderate U.S. dairy herd expansion this year into 2015. However, U.S. dairy farmers will have to do it with fewer available replacement heifers. FULL STORY »

Corn conditions dip slightly, but…

…the 2014 corn crop is still the best reported since 2004. FULL STORY »

Disease update: Vesicular stomatitis

Several new cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) have been confirmed in horses in Texas and Colorado over the past week. FULL STORY »

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