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Dairy Outlook: January 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: January 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Current predicted Class III price for the first 11 months of 2018 is averaging $14.57/cwt. To face the year with optimism is to be sure dairy producers really understand their cost of production. More
Determining Forage Quality: Understanding Feed Analysis
Determining Forage Quality: Understanding Feed Analysis - Articles Articles
Learn how to use feed analysis to determine forage quality, and exactly what feeding a high quality forage means. More
Standard Operating Procedures: A Writing Guide
Standard Operating Procedures: A Writing Guide - Articles Articles
Standard operating procedures used in combination with planned training and regular performance feedback lead to an effective and motivated workforce. More
Figure 1. Space requirements for resting and rising dairy cow
Designing and Building Dairy Cattle Freestalls - Articles Articles

Designing and Building Dairy Cattle Freestalls

Dan McFarland, Robert Graves, Ph.D., P.E.

Freestalls (cubicles) provide dairy cows a clean, dry, comfortable resting space. Well-designed and properly maintained freestalls are a key component in a freestall housing system. More
Standard Operating Procedures: Developing and Implementing
Standard Operating Procedures: Developing and Implementing - Articles Articles
The seven steps that you can take to develop and implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). More
Heat Detection and Timing of Insemination for Cattle
Heat Detection and Timing of Insemination for Cattle - Articles Articles
Topics covered in this publication include information about the bovine estrous cycle, heat detection, optimal timing of insemination, and tools for management. More
8 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own Dairy Farm
8 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own Dairy Farm - Articles Articles
Whatever your background and experience, there are some things you need to know before you start milking cows. More
Troubleshooting Problems with Low Milk Production
Troubleshooting Problems with Low Milk Production - Articles Articles

Troubleshooting Problems with Low Milk Production

Virginia A. Ishler, Richard S. Adams, Larry J. Hutchinson

Topics include expected production, low peaks, failure to bag and produce ample milk, excessive decline in milk production and short lactations. More
Troubleshooting Milk Flavor Problems
Troubleshooting Milk Flavor Problems - Articles Articles

Troubleshooting Milk Flavor Problems

Virginia A. Ishler, Robert F. Roberts, Ph.D.

Producing a high quality food product begins at the farm level, and prevention is the only way to assure milk is of good quality and flavor. More
Trouble-shooting Milk Fever and Downer Cow Problems
Trouble-shooting Milk Fever and Downer Cow Problems - Articles Articles

Trouble-shooting Milk Fever and Downer Cow Problems

Virginia A. Ishler, Richard S. Adams, Dale Moore

Topics include possible causes, symptoms and problem situations, forms of milk fever, blood parameters, control suggestions and dietary cation-anion balance. More
Total Mixed Rations for Dairy Cows
Total Mixed Rations for Dairy Cows - Articles Articles

Total Mixed Rations for Dairy Cows

Jud Heinrichs, Alanna Kmicikewycz

Total mixed rations help dairy cows achieve maximum performance and are the most common method for feeding high producing, indoor-housed dairy cows in the world. More
Soybeans and Soybean Byproducts for Dairy Cattle
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Soybeans and Soybean Byproducts for Dairy Cattle

Virginia A. Ishler, Gabriella A. Varga

Soybeans are an excellent source of essential amino acids and complement most forages, but have some limitations. More
Precision Feeding Dairy Heifers: Strategies and Recommendations
Precision Feeding Dairy Heifers: Strategies and Recommendations - Articles Articles
Provided feed intake is restricted to allow for an optimal average daily gain, high concentrate, precision-fed rations can be fed to dairy heifers successfully. More
Milk Replacer Costs and Your Options
Milk Replacer Costs and Your Options - Articles Articles

Milk Replacer Costs and Your Options

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Discussion of whey protein prices, alternative proteins, cost comparisons, and considerations for feeding waste milk. More
Milk Components: Understanding Milk Fat and Protein Variation in Your Dairy Herd
Milk Components: Understanding Milk Fat and Protein Variation in Your Dairy Herd - Articles Articles
Description of variation found in production of milk components, factors that contribute to this variation, and strategies to improve component production. More
Feed Efficiency in Lactating Cows and Relationship to Income Over Feed Costs
Feed Efficiency in Lactating Cows and Relationship to Income Over Feed Costs - Articles Articles

Feed Efficiency in Lactating Cows and Relationship to Income Over Feed Costs

Jud Heinrichs, Virginia A. Ishler, Daryl Maulfair

Feed efficiency measures the relative ability of cows to turn feed nutrients into milk or milk components. In the simplest terms it is the pounds of milk produced per pound of dry matter consumed. More
Electrolytes for Dairy Calves
Electrolytes for Dairy Calves - Articles Articles

Electrolytes for Dairy Calves

Jud Heinrichs, Sylvia Kehoe

Topics include causes of scouring, treatment strategies and calculating fluid needs, and recommended electrolyte composition. More
Early Weaning Strategies
Early Weaning Strategies - Articles Articles

Early Weaning Strategies

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Recommendations for weaning criteria, strategies for successful weaning, and feed and growth from weaning to 6 months. More
Carbon, Methane Emissions and the Dairy Cow
Carbon, Methane Emissions and the Dairy Cow - Articles Articles
Methane contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, but some dietary practices reduce methane production, including ionophores, fats, high quality forages, and increased grain. More
Body Condition Scoring as a Tool for Dairy Herd Management
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Body Condition Scoring as a Tool for Dairy Herd Management

Jud Heinrichs, Coleen M. Jones, Virginia A. Ishler

Body condition scoring evaluates fatness or thinness according to a five-point scale and scores are used to fine-tune dairy nutrition and health. More