Build better heifer breeding criteria
How do you measure success in the heifer-breeding pen? It’s a widely debated topic. University of Wisconsin Dairy Extension Specialist Pat Hoffman weighs in with a new set of criteria. FULL STORY »
Fly control fundamentals
Controlling flies is a critical element in preventing mastitis infections in heifers. University of Georgia researcher Steve Nickerson discusses the importance of fly control and offers management advice in a new technical white paper. FULL STORY »
What are the best buys in current feedstuffs?
Ohio State University Extension Dairy Management Specialist Normand St-Pierre provides a comprehensive snapshot of current dairy nutrient unit costs and feedstuff prices. FULL STORY »
Another year of rationing for corn or soybeans?
An extremely hot, dry August throughout the Corn Belt could factor into lower-than-predicted crop yields. Could it be another tight year ahead? FULL STORY »
40 Under 40 in Agriculture Award finalists announced
Nominations for the inaugural “40 Under 40 in Agriculture Awards” by Vance Publishing Corporation have been reviewed, and this year’s 40 finalists have been announced. The winners were selected for “their leadership and commitment in advancing the cause to double food production by 2050.” FULL STORY »
D.C. Watch: Congress faces daunting tasks in September
Treasury operations, the U.S. debt ceiling and passage of a Farm Bill all will be waiting on Congress’ plate when it reconvenes September 9. Rich Pottorff, chief economist and Washington analyst for Doane Advisory Services, predicts “political fireworks in the months ahead.” FULL STORY »
Keys to minimizing respiratory disease on calf ranches
Preventing respiratory disease in young calves requires effectively covering a number of bases, according to the experts at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. FULL STORY »
Calves with Sam: Can I strip out colostrum and feed it?
This was the question I was asked by a dairyman as we discussed the challenges of feeding colostrum ASAP. He was wondering if the antibody concentration would be compromised by milking out just enough colostrum to feed the calf? FULL STORY »