A reminder to step up energy needs in cold weather
Failing to meet energy needs during consistently low environmental temperatures can cause dairy calves and older animals to deplete body fat stores, plunging them into negative-energy balance. FULL STORY »
Spanish edition of California Dairy Newsletter available
The annual Spanish edition of a dairy newsletter from the University of California Cooperative Extension is now online. It contains five production-management articles that have been translated into Spanish. FULL STORY »
What is your bulk tank SCC?
Bulk tank somatic cell counts continue to decline. Could yours stand room for improvement? Here are some things to consider as you look for ways to improve your milk-quality program. FULL STORY »
Are your dry cows getting enough metabolizable protein?
Nutrition and management during the dry period are critical factors for the metabolic status and lactation performance of the dam, as well as the health of her calf. Formulating dry-cow diets for metabolizable protein is an area of opportunity. FULL STORY »
Best milking practices workshop in Pa.
The series of hands-on workshops is designed for English-speaking milkers and managers. It will emphasize proper milking techniques and standard operation procedures that reduce somatic cell count. FULL STORY »
Actualizing the profit potential from amino acid balancing
What does a water barrel have to do with amino acid balancing? A dairy marketing nutritionist uses an illustration of a water barrel to show how amino acid balancing is preferable to balancing for crude protein. FULL STORY »
Webinar considers new app to help gauge cattle heat stress
Feb. 12 webinar is first in series covering innovations in agriculture and rural development. FULL STORY »
Regional dairy meetings offer calf management, industry advice
Indiana dairy farmers and industry professionals have opportunities to learn about important herd-management topics at six regional dairy meetings in February and March. FULL STORY »
Use flunixin properly to avoid residue violations
The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service reported an increase in the number of residue violations in culled dairy cows from 2005 to 2010 with flunixin the second most common residue violation. FULL STORY »