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Cow-Side Investigation, Part 3: Stalls and their dimensions

cow-side investigationIn the final video of a three-part series about investigating and solving cow comfort issues, Alltech Dairy Specialist Tom Lorenzen explores the proper dimensions of cow stalls. Learn the purpose of the neck rail and brisket locator and how adjusting these areas can make some big changes in cow comfort and milk production.

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Benefits of controlled diets for dairy cows

Written by Kelli Kaderly-Boylen

Cows fed a controlled-energy diet versus a high-energy diet in the three to four weeks before calving tend to have fewer health problems, similar milk production and better reproduction, said Dr. Phil Cardoso of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois.

He explained this during his presentation, “3-R Transition Period: Recovery, Reproduction and Results” at the Four State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference held June 12-13 in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Don’t dump money down the udder


As summer winds down, many dairies may see a little relief in sight as temperatures begin to cool down and the incidences of heat stress decrease. While heat stress is a common concern during these months, many producers may want to consider how the temperature is affecting their milk production and milk quality.

According to the National Mastitis Council, poor milk quality isn’t cheap. The average case of mastitis costs a farmer $184, with two-thirds of that amount due to loss in milk production.

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Defining characteristics of a Fortune 500 company

Written by John Frey, Center for Dairy Excellence

The number one factor influencing success of any dairy farm business is its ability to focus on the business side of the dairy. When we think about companies doing a good job at managing the “business side,” we think of Fortune 500.

Read about their defining characteristics and what dairy can learn from them in this week’s column from John Frey.

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