Effect of ambient temperature, sodium bicarbonate supplementation

The amount of water provided to cows on dairy farms can be a limiting factor for production, especially during high temperature periods. This experiment aimed to quantify water balance of dairy cows subjected to thermoneutral or high ambient temperatures. When water flows were related to dry matter intake, the quantities of evaporated water and drunk water increased by a similar range in cows submitted to high temperature, regardless of physiological stages or sodium content of diets. FULL STORY »

Not all dairy created equal for women’s bone health

There’s good news for milk-loving women: new research shows women who frequently consume low- or no-fat milk may delay the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee. FULL STORY »

Expert Answers - April 18, 2014

Ensuring that a dry cow reaches the optimal body condition score (BCS) allows for a proper transition into lactation, as she uses body reserves during the transition period and early lactation to counteract the negative energy balance most lactating cows experience. FULL STORY »

Letter to the editor | Noa Roman-Muniz

This letter is intended as a response to the article “Understand your Hispanic Workforce” by Megan Pierce, published in the January 2011 issue of Dairy Herd Management. While more articles on the topic of cultural awareness are much needed and should benefit all in the dairy industry, I am very concerned about the tone of this piece and question its value. FULL STORY »

USDA seeks NDB nominees; names processor appointees

USDA is asking dairy producer and importer organizations to nominate candidates to serve on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. FULL STORY »

Getting a handle on the Dairy Margin Protection program

When it comes to risk management it seems like things are never simple. The new approach in the farm bill appears complicated. However, farms that have developed cash flow plans on their own or with the Extension Dairy Team, already have the tools available to implement the program effectively. FULL STORY »

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