Whether it's your farm business or a community organization, if you're looking to lead you have to be able to communicate.
Open cows that aren't cycling normally can hamper successful reproduction. This article, the first in a series on cyclicity, defines the terms anovulation and anestrous. Though similarly problematic, the causes and potential corrective actions for anovulation or anestrous conditions in a dairy cow are different.
Tips to help you get the most out of your financial records. Like any record keeping system, the quality and usefulness of the information you get out depends on attention to detail as data is entered and reports are designed.
Forage inventory, cropping strategies, and alternative energy sources are a few of the management areas where decisions can be made after monitoring cost of production.
The North American Manure Expo event will be in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on July 14th and 15th. One new promotional twist for the Manure Expo is a T-shirt contest that is just plain fun.
As margins continue to slide in 2015, don't be afraid to evaluate rations. Always monitor the cows when making any change to confirm how animals respond and evaluate the financial benefit.
A newly published study supports findings from previous research. Calves grew faster before weaning on higher rates of milk or milk replacer, but size differences disappeared after weaning and milk production in first lactation was not affected.
Patience and timing will help you maximize the value of manure applied this spring.
Well, if you answered “NO” to that question then maybe you need to review – or create – job descriptions that you have for key positions. Job descriptions provide the foundation for building strong human resource management practices into the day-to-day management of a dairy farm business.
New research from Penn State shows that feeding a methane inhibitor has potential as a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cattle.
Robotic dairies surveyed in Pennsylvania had good hygiene scores overall. Even so, those with cleaner cows had lower bacteria counts in bulk tank milk samples.
We recently evaluated the costs of feeding pasteurized milk to calves in comparison to other feeding systems considering current market conditions. To do so, we utilized a spreadsheet tool we developed a few years ago with colleagues at Virginia Tech. The results may surprise you.
As we look at reproductive management and its impact on overall success of a dairy operation, it is clearly a critical component. But the full impact of management successes or failures often won’t be seen in the short-term. Managing for reproductive efficiency requires patience and a long-term mindset.
Biofilms protect bacteria, and you're probably familiar with them as build-up on surfaces of equipment around the farm. But new research reveals some mastitis-causing bacteria use biofilms to survive inside the mammary gland.
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in agriculture is in its infancy, but there are a lot of possibilities.
The DPM Certificate Program VII will update and refocus the dairy practitioner by providing skills and knowledge in production medicine.
Controlling feed costs for heifers through precision feeding is important. Heifers make up a large portion of the animal numbers on the farm as well as the total feed costs for the farm.
The North American Manure Expo is returning to Pennsylvania and promises to provide “Manure than you can Handle.”
Byproduct feeds are a main staple of the diet for all animal groups on a dairy operation. They are either incorporated into a grain mix or they are fed as a separate commodity. Precision feeding can be successfully implemented using byproduct feeds. The key is finding a supplier that provides a consistent product.
For most major renovations or expansions, a lender will want a business plan to outline the plans and goals for the farm’s future success. For that plan to be approved, a comprehensive financial plan must be included that proves the farm’s past profitability and justifies the expansion for further profits down the road.