Are spotlessly clean stalls really the goal?
A few manure piles at the rear of the stalls doesn’t necessarily mean a poorly managed stall, but rather a well-used stall, which is a good thing. Rather than just look at how clean the stalls are, watch and evaluate how the cows use the stalls. In the end a clean, well-used stall is the real goal. FULL STORY »
Vaccinating cows for reproductive diseases begins with the heifer
The best time to vaccinate cows for reproductive diseases is before breeding but finding the window of opportunity after calving and before breeding can be challenging. The key starts with a sound heifer vaccination program. FULL STORY »
See the Innovation Award winners up close
Dairy Herd Management’s Innovation Awards, honoring the top dairy industry innovations in 2013, were announced during World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. on Oct. 1. Here’s a complete list of winners, including the first-ever “People’s Choice” award winner. FULL STORY »
Poll: How would you classify your relationship with your herd veterinarian?
1. Our veterinarian is an integral member of our management team.
2. Our veterinarian has some influence on the way we manage our herd.
3. Our veterinarian has little influence on the way we manage our herd.
4. We do not use the services of a veterinarian.
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Calf barn positive pressure ventilation seminar
The Dairyland Initiative in Wisconsin will be presenting a seminar on using positive pressure ventilation tubes in calf barns on November 7 in Madison, Wis. FULL STORY »
Can calves be taught to urinate in a specific place?
Is it possible for calves to be trained like cats to urinate in a specific location? A team of Canadian researchers conducted a study to find out. FULL STORY »
AI success with timed breeding versus detected heat
Researchers in Alberta compared the outcome of using sexed semen in heifers inseminated upon detected heat, versus those enrolled in a timed AI program. FULL STORY »
On-farm colostrum measurement tools evaluated
A study at the University of Calgary evaluated the accuracy of both the colostrometer and the Brix refractometer for measuring colostrum quality on the farm. FULL STORY »