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Understanding the role of MUNs

Large changes in the milk urea nitrogen (MUN) score can sometimes be a precursor to drops in milk butterfat or protein, and an early sign for metabolic problems. It can also indicate whether ration protein and energy levels are appropriately balanced for current milk production levels. FULL STORY »

Calves with Sam: Where is the Cocciostat?

"How are you controlling coccidia?" That was my question to the dairyman. The answer was, "I have X coccidiostat in the calf starter grain." Calves are housed individually in hutches, grain is replaced daily for younger calves, for older calves the pail contents are checked daily and more grain added is needed so the calves do no run out of grain before the next feeding. Calves have free-choice water. The dairyman said that the pre-weaned calves did not show clinical signs of coccidiosis although they did have some scours among calves three to four weeks old. FULL STORY »

Monday's CME Dairy Market Recap

Aggressive selling in the spot cheese market send Class III futures sliding downward Monday. The butter session was also lower. FULL STORY »

Dairy nutrition: People

Introducing staffing additions and changes among companies serving the dairy nutrition industry. FULL STORY »

Commercial agriculture benefits communities

Iowa State University study shows positive impact of large farms on incomes and quality of life in small towns. FULL STORY »

Millennial Profiles: Lauren Holterman, Dairy Scientist Play video

Young dairy scientist Lauren Holterman, daughter of Wisconsin dairy farmers and Dairy Herd Management editorial advisory board member Lloyd and Daphne Holterman, is featured in the latest video from the the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board's “America’s Dairyland is My Land” campaign. FULL STORY »

Heat stress in dams also affects calves

New research is showing that, even before they are born, calves can suffer the effects of heat stress in their dams. FULL STORY »

Pneumonia in dairy calves

Pneumonia is one of the most common diseases we see in dairy calves from birth to weaning. FULL STORY »

Tubing Colostrum - Let's Do it Right

I suffer from a case of too much optimism. I see folks on several farms doing a job the right way at the right time. I get lulled into a sense that everyone must be following best management practices and doing their jobs properly. FULL STORY »

What makes a cow stop eating?

You know that the cost of feeding cows is milk production’s highest expense. Therefore, much attention has been given to proper ration formulation, ration monitoring, feeding high quality forages and evaluating the cost of ration inputs to get maximum milk production and maintain cow health. FULL STORY »

No adverse effects of GE feeds in livestock diets

An article published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Animal Science concludes feeding livestock diets that contain genetically engineered (GE) crops has no impact on the health or productivity of those animals. FULL STORY »

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