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 »

Optimism in the air

Relief from high feed prices, plus a prediction for a large 2013 corn crop that could lower prices even more, may be fueling market optimism despite relatively flat milk prices. Springer heifer prices are steady to higher nationwide this month. The hot spot: Pennsylvania, where close-up springer values have jumped about $200 a head compared to last month. Heifer calf prices also are up slightly in all reporting areas. FULL STORY »

Poll: Based on the crop conditions in your area, what do you think of current predictions for the size of the 2013 corn crop?

A) Current predictions are fairly accurate. B) The crop will be much larger than current predictions. C) The crop will be much smaller than current predictions FULL STORY »

What's in the milk?

Researcher Sarah Morrison at the W.H. Miner Institute near Chazy, NY, discusses the energy and protein requirements of young calves. 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 »

Contract essentials for raising heifers

Purdue Dairy Extension specialist Tamilee Nennich provides guidelines for thorough contracts between dairies and contract growers. FULL STORY »

Injection basics: First do no harm

New York veterinarian Mark Thomas offers advice on managing the products and procedures used to administer injectable vaccines and medications. 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 »

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