Management Tips

A key part of maintain-ing high levels of milk quality is making sure the facili

How Clean Should Your Milk Parlor Be?

12/5/2018

A key part of maintain-ing high levels of milk quality is making sure the facilities where cows are milked are as sanitary as possible. By controlling the amount of dirt and other organic matter in the parlor, you can limit its access to the udder. Cleaning the parlor is not one of the more enjoyable jobs on the dairy, but it certainly is necessary and can be made easier through some simple innovation.

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Keeping Aflatoxin Out of Milk

Keeping Aflatoxin Out of Milk

12/3/2018

The carryover of aflatoxin M1 into milk is a major concern in dairy production worldwide. Management of the aflatoxin risk should begin with being selective regarding the source and storage of feed that the cows receive.

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Recruiting and Retaining Good Employees: Strategies That Work

Recruiting and Retaining Good Employees: Strategies That Work

8/9/2018

Let’s face it, finding and retaining good employees is becoming a major hurdle on many dairy farms. The economy is picking up, which leads to more competition for employees. Baby boomers are retiring at a pace faster than new employees entering the workforce, making the labor pool smaller. Many dairy farms are having a harder time finding Latino labor due to their unease with the current political landscape. These factors, among many others, limit a farm’s ability to find good employees.

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Make a Smooth Transition to New Corn Silage

Make a Smooth Transition to New Corn Silage

7/31/2018

Opening up new silage is commonly associated with a dip in milk production, but the transition can be smoother — and less costly for producers — with a few easy fixes.

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Be Wary of Cheap Blood Meal

Be Wary of Cheap Blood Meal

7/27/2018

Quality can vary widely, even from the same source.

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Creating High-Quality Corn Silage

Creating High-Quality Corn Silage

7/16/2018

Corn silage is a valuable source of energy for beef and dairy cattle. Managing the process of turning the corn crop into a high-quality fermented feed can be a profitable transaction, or could be financially devastating.

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The Art of Controlling Feed Costs

The Art of Controlling Feed Costs

6/12/2018

To reduce feed costs, farmers need to pay attention to both the cost and the feed value of commodities.

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Five Dairy "Do NOT Do" in 2018

Five Dairy "Do NOT Do" in 2018

5/16/2018

During low milk prices and low margins, producers should make sure they are cutting costs in the right places.

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Keeping the Fresh Group Small May Have Benefits

Keeping the Fresh Group Small May Have Benefits

5/3/2018

The postpartum dairy cow is at high risk of disease and requires ample access to feed and rest. Despite this, a newly fresh cow faces many management and housing changes after calving. In a recent study conducted it was asked if keeping the group size small in the fresh pen reduces competition for feed and freestalls, and improves dairy cow welfare during this sensitive time.

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Optimizing Labor Efficiency

Optimizing Labor Efficiency

4/18/2018

Dairy farms everywhere are operating in a tight economic environment, and it is critical to control expenses and maximize income. Labor represents the second-largest category of expense, after feed, for most dairy farms.

With labor representing such a large share of expense, it’s critical for managers to get the most value from their investment. Managers must focus on the fundamentals of performance management first, then pay attention to the many detailed areas that add up to productivity and profitability at the margin.

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