Dairy Herd Management

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Calcium Supplementation: Four Producers’ Perspectives

Calcium – if you are a dairy farmer, there is no other mineral you spend as much time thinking about or stressing over. When the effects of low blood calcium can lead to down cows, dystocia, uterine prolapse, retained placenta, mastitis, displaced abomasum, lower milk production, higher ketosis risk and decreased reproductive performance, there is …

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Apply Now for the GENEX Collegiate Scholarship

At GENEX, we are committed to equipping you – our members – with the best tools for success in this generation and the next. In today’s rapidly evolving world, one of the most important tools to lay the foundation for a successful tomorrow is education. Through the GENEX Collegiate Scholarship Program, our goal is to …

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Because Getting by isn’t Good Enough … Tips for Writing Standard Operating Procedures

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn Xun Kuang Standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been a part of my life since I began working in our maternity facility at the age of 15. I have continued to create, document and execute effective SOPs for research trials in graduate school and now in my job as a …

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Family Dairy Focuses on the Future with Heifer Repro Program

Vander Woude Dairy of Merced, California, claims a platinum award in the heifer category of the GENEX Excellence in Genetics & Reproduction awards. Discover how this family farm utilizes a strategic approach and progressive mindset to achieve their vision of productive and profitable, low maintenance cows. The ultimate goal at Vander Woude Dairy near Merced, …

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Success Starts the Day the Calf is Born

Mark Breunig, owner of A-Ok Farms LLC, believes getting calves off on the right foot sets them up for success down the road. And he should know, his Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, dairy farm won the  Excellence in Genetics and Reproduction platinum award for heifers! On Her Birth Date In accordance with Mark’s belief, concentrated calf …

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A Winning Combo of Production & Reproduction

The Verhoef family of Ontario, Canada, attribute their herd’s high production and award-winning reproduction to their attention to detail and demand for perfection. Read on to learn about the animal management and repro protocols that earned this 240-cow dairy Platinum recognition in the International category of the GENEX Excellence in Genetics & Reproductions awards. Reinoud …

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Strassburgs Change Strategy and Drive Results

While putting even more intense focus on genetic improvement and managing the number of replacements produced, Strassburg Creek Dairy in northeast Wisconsin ramped up their reproduction program and earned Platinum recognition in the 500 to 2,000-cow category for this year’s Excellence in Reproduction & Genetics Awards. Learn more about their program and the changes they’ve …

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