Management

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 »

Get help with managing flies and odors

In case you missed it, a recording of the recent Penn State Technology Tuesdays webinar “Flies and Smells, A Management Challenge,” is now available. FULL STORY »

Economics of heat stress

Heat stress decreases milk production, feed intake and reproduction and increases the risks of lameness and culling. Here are some estimates of the economic losses. FULL STORY »

Heat stress webinars coming up

Mark your calendar for two heat stress webinars coming up next month. FULL STORY »

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