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Body Condition Scoring as a Tool for Dairy Herd Management
Body Condition Scoring as a Tool for Dairy Herd Management - Articles Articles

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
December Preparation for Cattle Herds
December Preparation for Cattle Herds - Articles Articles
December for many cattle producers means preparations for winterizing their herds. More
Protein in Pastures: Can It Be Too High?
Protein in Pastures: Can It Be Too High? - Articles Articles
When pasture protein is excessive, strategic feeding of rumen fermentable carbohydrates can improve nitrogen utilization and milk yield. More
Pasturing Dry Cows and Heifers
Pasturing Dry Cows and Heifers - Articles Articles
Pasture can be a cost-effective feed for dry cows and heifers, but must be managed to ensure animals meet performance goals. More
Intensive Rotational Grazing and Bovine Somatotropin
Intensive Rotational Grazing and Bovine Somatotropin - Articles Articles
Response to bST is contingent upon cows being adequately fed, whether grazing or not grazing, and bST may complement grazing and improve dairy profitability. More
Pasture, Body Condition, and Reproduction
Pasture, Body Condition, and Reproduction - Articles Articles
Pasture systems often result in lower BCS or greater loss of BCS during the first 1 to 2 months of lactation, and supplementation to restore body condition has many benefits. 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
Pasteurization of Non-Saleable Milk
Pasteurization of Non-Saleable Milk - Articles Articles
Considerations of implementing on-farm pasteurization, discussion of waste milk quality, and evaluation of heat and UV methods. More
Do Farm Audits or Inspections Correspond with Milk Quality?
Do Farm Audits or Inspections Correspond with Milk Quality? - Articles Articles
Inspections are an inevitable part of the routine on most dairy farms. More
Troubleshooting Problems with Milkfat Depression
Troubleshooting Problems with Milkfat Depression - Articles Articles
Monitoring the milk components of a herd can help assess the health and nutritional status of lactating cows. More
Troubleshooting Problems with Low Milk Production
Troubleshooting Problems with Low Milk Production - Articles Articles
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
As in any dairy, maintaining good cow hygiene in a robotic milking dairy is important to maintaining good milk quality.
Milk Quality on PA Dairy Farms Using Robotic Milking Systems – Part 3 - Articles Articles
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. More
Milk Quality on PA Dairy Farms Using Robotic Milking Systems – Part 1
Milk Quality on PA Dairy Farms Using Robotic Milking Systems – Part 1 - Articles Articles
Automatic milking systems are gaining popularity on Pennsylvania dairy farms. More
Using Bacterial Counts as a Tool for Trouble-shooting Problems
Using Bacterial Counts as a Tool for Trouble-shooting Problems - Articles Articles
Microbiological parameters used to screen for milk quality can provide direction for trouble-shooting sanitation and procedural issues on the farm. More
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