Dairy Herd Management

How do I best select for milk production and feed efficiency?

TruthFeed costs are some of the highest inputs on a farm. MythYou can’t genetically select for feed efficiency. TruthYou have access to the best tool to genetically select for feed efficiency and production. When it comes to selection for dairy cattle feed efficiency, GENEX ICC™ has you covered. Because EFFICIENCY MATTERS! As a dairy producer, …

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Holstein cow and calf

Recent Research Reveals Added Benefits to RumiLife® CAL24™

Restoring calcium levels after a cow gives birth is essential. She needs the proper amount of calcium to help her bounce back, as well as vitamin D to help maximize calcium absorption. But how do you know the calcium supplement you are giving her is meeting the criteria needed? If you could use a calcium …

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calf in straw under Holstein cow

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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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 …

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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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