By Jon Pretz, PH.D., Oct 02, 2019
Over the past several years, on-farm income for dairy producers has been less than ideal due to lower-than-average milk prices nationwide. In order to remain in business during tough times, it is sometimes necessary to turn to novel nutritional strategies when considering ways to increase feed efficiency and lower the cost of production. ..READ MORE ›
By Ernie Hansen, M.S., Sep 19, 2019
Powerstart Solo is a singular product created via a precise blend of multiple technologies. Traditional feeding strategies are now being shaken up thanks to years of research studying lactose levels, soybean meal and gut health...READ MORE ›
By Jon Pretz, PH.D., Sep 19, 2019
Optimizing milkfat is advantageous for both the performance of the animal and the profitability of the farm. In current dairy economics, butterfat continues to account for more than half of the producer’s milk check. ..READ MORE ›
By Ellan Dufour, M.S., Aug 27, 2019
For both ethical and economic reasons, the push to reduce antibiotic use in calf-raising facilities continues to increase, and new research attempts to illustrate various ways that calf managers can implement realistic and sensible disease-prevention strategies in their calf raising programs...READ MORE ›
By Twig Marston, Ph.D., Aug 15, 2019
In the cattle business, there are few things as rewarding as getting weaned calves and newly arrived feeder cattle off to a good start. The first 30–45 days after weaning and/or commingling can set the tone for calves’ lifelong health, performance and profitability...READ MORE ›
By Dr. Kayla Price, Aug 14, 2019
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Salmonella is the cause of an estimated 1 million foodborne illnesses in the United States every year, including 19,000 hospitalizations and more than 300 deaths. ..READ MORE ›
By Angie Manthey, Ph.D., Jul 25, 2019
Currently, one of the biggest opportunities for increased performance on our dairy farms centers around our fresh cow program. Fresh cows have a great opportunity for production potential, but if we do not set them up for success properly, they will not be able to achieve an optimal level of production. ..READ MORE ›
By Lori Stevermer, Jul 22, 2019
Tail-biting can affect either a single pig or an entire pen. It can be sporadic or chronic, but one thing is certain: Tail-biting is a vice behavior that frustrates animal care workers, farm managers, swine nutritionists and veterinarians alike...READ MORE ›
By Angie Manthey, Ph.D., Jul 16, 2019
It’s no secret that there have been weather-related challenges across much of the U.S. this spring. Due to conditions like excessive snow and cold or relentless rainfall and cloudy days, planting delays have been widespread, causing many to reconsider their seeding decisions if spray and fertilizer weren’t already applied...READ MORE ›
By Ellan Dufour, M.S., Jun 27, 2019
It is common knowledge for some but less well-known by others that seasonality has a significant impact on the performance of pre- and immediately post-weaned dairy heifer calves...READ MORE ›