Management

Is she getting her 50 gallons?

High-producing cows require at least 50 gallons of water every day. As much as half of this is consumed within the first hour after milking. FULL STORY »

Evaluate fan efficiency

A ventilation system can consume nearly 25 percent of the energy used on the dairy. Here is some timely advice for assessing the efficiency of your fans. FULL STORY »

Webinar addresses cow-cooling strategies

Here is some timely advice on what needs to be done to keep dairy cows cool during warm weather. FULL STORY »

New milk residue screening test

Access to a highly sensitive and specific confirmatory test that allows dairy producers to check milk samples for drug residue concentrations is now available through the Cyclone Custom Analyte Detection Service at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. FULL STORY »

How to beat the heat this summer

The effects of heat stress on milk production and reproduction can be quite severe. Here are some methods to help you minimize heat stress this season. FULL STORY »

Avoid heat stress in dairy cattle

All dairy producers are aware their cows are subject to heat stress on warm summer days. Experts estimate heat stress causes $5 to $6 billion in lost milk production and decreased animal performance in the United States each year. FULL STORY »

4-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference on tap

Mark your calendar for June 13-14 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. A variety of topics on nutrition and management are planned. FULL STORY »

Weight loss in early lactation

Here is some food-for-thought about weighing cows in early lactation in conjunction with body condition scoring. FULL STORY »

What's happening in the calving pen?

The calving pen is one of the most important facilities on a dairy farm since it affects the well-being of the cow and newborn calf. Here are some things that a properly designed and managed calving pen should do. FULL STORY »

Review calving procedures

Create written protocols for your employees to follow in the calving area and review them annually to make sure all employees are following your guidelines. FULL STORY »

Get a good milk sample

Proper milk sampling is an overlooked, yet important contributor to the accuracy of milk test results, especially when it comes to high-producing, early-lactation cows. FULL STORY »

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