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Tip of the Month

Practice the 3 S’s when managing springers

 

Softness- providing a comfortable place to lie down which is stocked at < 100% of capacity.

Space—providing adequate bunk space (at least 30 inches/cow) to maximize intake.

Screen- to identify cows, which are failing.  Protocols utilizing technology definitely have a place in the management of transition cows.  However, they cannot replace the need for a “cow person” to walk around, observe cows, and implement protocols. This serves as a reminder that people with good cow sense and who pay attention to details are invaluable in avoiding potential disasters.

      — Dr. Nigel Cook, UW Madison


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Butterfat Percentage or Milk Yield:  Which is More Important for a Dairy Farm’s Income?

With increasing wholesale prices for butter and cream, prices received on-farm for butterfat have increased over historic levels, making one rethink if additional income can come from improvements in butterfat.  Which is more important in today’s markets?  To Learn More 
 


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How Can You Get More Pounds of Milkfat From Your Dairy Herd?

 

  

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Controlling Nuisance Birds in Dairy Facilities

 

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Foot care needs to include preemptive practices to reduce incidence of lame cows
 

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