Management

Etiologies of toe lesions

Toe lesions are an extremely common lesion in cattle. They reduce performance significantly and often become chronic lesions. Part of the reason for this is due to the fact that lesions occurring in the toe have the potential to involve the 3rd phalanx, explains cattle lameness expert Jan Shearer, DVM, MS, Iowa State University. “When this happens affected animals can develop very chronic and painful kinds of conditions,” Shearer says. FULL STORY »

Do more with your milk test records

Upcoming web seminars will show you how to use four customized spreadsheets from Penn State to analyze your dairy's test day data. FULL STORY »

High Plains Dairy Conference is just around the corner

The conference will feature a panel discussion on “Adapting to Declining Water Resources,” as well as a broad range of production topics. FULL STORY »

Hot weather management webinar now online

A recording of the Penn State Technology Tuesdays “Hot Weather Management in Freestall and Tie Stall Dairies” webinar is now available. FULL STORY »

Heat stress webinars on tap

Mark your calendars for a series of upcoming eXtension webinars about heat stress in dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

Upcoming webinar addresses hot weather management

Next week's Penn State Technology Tuesdays webinar will focus on modifications to dairy freestall and tie stall housing that can help manage the impact of heat stress on milk production and herd health. FULL STORY »

Calving pen objectives

The calving pen is one of the most important areas on a dairy farm. Learn about four important goals to include in your calving pen management. FULL STORY »

DAIReXNET lameness webinar now online

The webinar looks at lameness, hoof and leg issues in dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

Post-fresh space: Get the numbers right

Follow these feeding and resting space guidelines to avoid overcrowding in dry-cow, maternity and post-fresh facilities. FULL STORY »

Dairyland Initiative Ventilation Workshop

“Designing Supplemental Positive Pressure Ventilation Systems for Calf Barns” and “Transition Cow Facility Planning” will be offered Jan. 25-26. FULL STORY »

4 tips for a successful transition period

When managed correctly, the transition period can positively influence milk production, health, reproductive success and, ultimately, profitability. To help your cows navigate the transition period and reap the benefits postpartum, it’s critical to focus on the prepartum cow, especially during the three weeks prior to calving. FULL STORY »

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