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Are You Controlling the Controllables In Your Dairy Business?

Our time, financial, and other resources are best spent on issues or practices that have a positive impact on our dairy operations.  Many day-to-day management practices in a dairy business are under your "control" and impact a dairy's profitability.

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Cows

Improving and Maintaining Cow Comfort

Cow comfort involves not only providing a comfortable resting place and surface for cows, but also providing for proper ventilation within the facility to minimize heat stress, prevent condensation of moisture, and allow for good air quality.

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Calves waiting for water

Dairy Calves Need Water in Addition to their Milk and Starter

By 3 days of age, baby calves should be provided water free-choice in addition to their calf starter and milk or reconstituted milk replacer.

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FARM Animal Care Changes for Calves in New Version

An updated version, version 4.0, of the FARM Animal Care Program will be implemented starting January 1, 2020.  For pre-weaned heifer and bull calves, changes involve more clearly defining the age access to water and starter must be begun.  Disbudding praactices need to be verified to confirm they match what is outlined in written protocols".

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Controllable Feeding Practices

Controllable feeding practices involve management of the feedback, water resources, & TMR maintenance, as well as grouping strategies for cows.

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Monitor Open Dairy Cows

The most important controllable component in a breeding program is to identify open cows and to do something about getting them pregnant.

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