Something to think about

Would you fly with a pilot who did not use a checklist? Aviation history tells us that the pilot checklist concept was inspired by a tragic accident on Oct. 30, 1935, when a prototype for the Boeing B-17 crashed during takeoff at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. At first everyone thought that the plane had crashed because it was just too much plane for any single pilot to fly, but upon further investigation the cause of the crash was identified as “pilot error” -- the pilot had neglected one important step before take off. FULL STORY »

Milking robots are growing up

In the 1970s the idea of a machine or robot that could perform all that was necessary to milk a cow without human intervention seemed to most of us either a fantasy or a space age dream! FULL STORY »

Recurrent mastitis

There are few things I hate more than hearing that one of our cows at the Miner Institute has mastitis, except for maybe that one of our cows has mastitis again. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use reduced with on-farm mastitis culturing programs

A new multi-state, multi-herd clinical trial confirms that on-farm mastitis culturing programs work to guide strategic treatment decisions for cows with clinical mastitis. FULL STORY »

Bulk tank SCC report

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s CEAH, in conjunction with the USDA AMS and the NMC Milk Quality Monitoring Committee, monitor milk quality in the U.S. using BTSCC data provided by four of the nation’s 10 FMOs. FULL STORY »

Using animal activity to detect disease

Metabolic diseases in the transition period continue to cause substantial economic losses to dairy producers. With the advancement in activity monitors for dairy cows, researchers have begun to examine ways to utilize animal behavior data to detect disease prior to the onset of clinical signs. FULL STORY »

Untreated mastitis – is that wise?

A new study examines what happens to mastitis on farms where producers use on-farm milk cultures to make the decision to treat or not. FULL STORY »

The secrets of quality milk producers

What do the dairy producers say who have achieved a level of milk quality in which somatic cell count (SCC) averages less than 100,000? At the Dairyland Testing DHIA annual meeting in 2010, there a panel of five producers had that distinction FULL STORY »

The evolution of new tools for old problems - mastitis

Mastitis is a universal problem that all dairy producers struggle with to varying degrees at one time or another. Management strategies to reduce the risk of mastitis usually focus on decreasing exposure of cows to the bacteria that infect the mammary gland. FULL STORY »

Expand your dry cow arsenal with vaccination

Arm your cows with protection against E. coli mastitis. FULL STORY »

DCHA tip of the week: Why worry about heifer mastitis?

The greatest development of milk-producing tissue in the udder occurs during the first pregnancy, so it is important to protect the mammary gland from pathogenic organisms to ensure maximum milk production during the first lactation and beyond. FULL STORY »

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