Calf comfort key to successful management
When placed in a comfortable environment, calves utilize the nutrients in their diet for growth, instead of using them to cope with environmental stressors. FULL STORY »
Is using a custom heifer raiser for you?
Moving heifers off-site to allow more capacity for lactating cows is one reason dairies choose to have their heifers reared by contract growers. The specialized management skills of custom growers are another. If you’re considering a move to a custom raiser, two Michigan State University economists may have the information to help you decide. FULL STORY »
Advice on managing curtain sidewalls
Managing curtains on calf barns can become tricky in spring and fall when the air is often cool and damp with intermittent periods of warm weather. Here are some helpful ideas for managing calf barn curtains. FULL STORY »
What housing types suit your needs?
The integration of housing type and style with milking and animal handling is critical in developing an efficient dairy system plan. Learn more during an upcoming webinar from Penn State Extension. FULL STORY »
Keep a clear head when feed prices soar
A common trap when margins are getting squeezed is improper cost-control strategies. A simple goal of focusing on what pays the bills is a great starting point when evaluating cost-cutting opportunities. FULL STORY »