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Milk-based pregnancy tests: Considering cost factors

Written by PD Editor Dario Martinez

Profitability on dairies hinges on many different factors, some of them are controllable while others are not. On the reproductive side, producers think hard before making any change to this area – even when new technologies are developed.

At last year’s World Dairy Expo, IDEXX Laboraties Inc., in partnership with Antel BioSystems (AntelBio), announced the launch of the IDEXX Milk Pregnancy Test, which detects the concentration of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs) in milk to determine the pregnancy status of a cow.

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Genomic selection: A tool to implement on your farm?

Written by PD Editor Dario Martinez

Have you considered the potential impact genomics could have on your herd? This is a topic that has probably crossed most dairy producers’ minds.

On January 14, 2013, Dr. Chad Dechow, associate professor of dairy cattle genetics at Penn State University, led a webinar focusing on the “potentials” and “pitfalls” of genomic selection.

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PROGRESSIVE EVENTS

Speaker challenges producers to ask: ‘Do I lead, or do I manage?’

Written by PD Editor Walt Cooley

Click here to read the management and business advice that Dr. Allan Gray of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business provided to attendees of the 2013 Managers Academy.

Click here or on the image at right to see photos from the three-day event, held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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GLRDC teaches producers to do more with less

Compiled by PD Editor Karen Lee

One of the top educational conferences in the country, the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference is dedicated to helping dairy producers learn new ways of increasing their profitability by doing more with less. In its 11th year, the conference plans to deliver a high impact program.

Leading experts will make presentations on topics ranging from labor management and community connections to calf nutrition and global issues concerning the dairy industry. Click here to see a sampling of the educational sessions.

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