July is National Ice Cream Month

  • In 1984 President Reagan deemed July National Ice Cream month.
  • 90 % of US households eat ice cream where each person consumes ~ 30 pints/year.
  • Most popular flavors - chocolate (developed before vanilla) and vanilla. Pecans- most popular nut & strawberries- most popular fruit added.
  • A single scoop cone takes 50 licks to consume.
  • Ice cream recipe was brought to America in 1744.
  • Ice cream cones were introduced at 1904 World’s Fair in St Louis.
  • Each gallon of ice cream uses 3 gallons of milk.
  • Perfect temperature for scooping is 6-10ºF.


Practice the 5 C's of Dairy Calf Management

Colostrum  Calories  Cleanliness  Consistency  Comfort 



Tip of the Month:  Corn Silage Harvest Practices Impact Milk Production

  • Moisture of the corn plant determines time to harvest. Harvest at 62-65% moisture (35-38% DM) (Choppers without kernel processors should be harvested a little wetter– 32-35% DM to allow breakage of corn kernels.)
  • Healthy corn plants dry down 0.5-1.0%/day.
  • Corn is generally harvested 40-45 days post-tasseling.
  • Adjust rollers on kernel processors so that no more than 2 or 3 half or whole kernels of corn (cob in 8 pieces) are found in a chopped sample contained in a 32 oz. cup. Spacing between rollers should be such that a dime will not fit between the rollers.
  • For bunkers and piles, pack the chopped silage with a tractor weighing 800 times the number of wet tons delivered per hour at a speed of 1.5-2.5 mph.
  • Cover top of uprights, piles, and bunkers with plastic. For bunkers, line bunker sides with plastic with extra plastic overlapping the walls. Once filled, use the extra plastic to cover part of the top closest to the walls to prevent water seeping under the top cover of plastic and causing spoilage.

Are Your Cows Getting Enough Sleep Each Night?

Rest, along with sleep, is important not only for us, but also dairy cows. Here are some facts that can help to better manage your cows’ time — and for those using activity monitors, to better interpret your cows’ behavior.


DRMS Lab Report Chart

DRMS Offers a New Mastitus Report - DHI 751

This report contains much more mastitis related information than found on a hot sheet. The information on this report allows managers to make individual cow culling or treatment decisions.


Scientists Finish Review of Nutritional Needs for Dairy Cows and Heifers