D.C. Watch: Rough ride ahead for farm bill

The House/Senate conference committee on the farm bill finally got under way last week. But in addition to the discussions about working together, there were indications that this will not be a smooth process. FULL STORY »

How China is shaping the future of dairy

These days, it seems very few conversations about food, urbanization, or economics do not at some stage steer towards China. FULL STORY »

Now for a return on your investment… or not

Ohio veterinarian Mel Wenger emphasizes the importance of fine-tuning the care of older heifers to ensure their successful entry into the milking herd. FULL STORY »

Maximize your colostrum feeding program

The newborn calf's immune system is underdeveloped, so it depends on colostrum to supply critical "passive immunity" to ward off illness and infection, plus other colostral factors necessary to enhance calf health, growth and performance. FULL STORY »

Novel method makes FMD vaccine production safer

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines can be produced safely using a new patent-pending technology developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. FULL STORY »

How to reduce newborn calf mortality on dairy farms

High dairy calf mortality can have a significant economic impact on a dairy farm’s profitability. Penn State’s Extension Dairy Team and Extension Veterinary Team will provide two hands-on training opportunities combining scientific knowledge with practical management techniques that will result in more effective calf management on farms. FULL STORY »

Feeding calves: It takes more than just milk

When thinking of calves and what it takes to grow them properly the main component of their diet is milk or milk replacer. However, it’s important to think about the other components of their diets as well. FULL STORY »

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 »

Keep ahead of heifer mastitis

While often an overlooked aspect of heifer health, mastitis can be a make-or-break proposition for new animals entering the milking string. Here is some advice on pre-freshening mastitis treatment and other preventative measures. 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 »

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 »

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