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Dairy Cows - Getting Started
Dairy Cows - Getting Started - Articles Articles
Milk cows are the income generator for dairy farms. Proper nutrition and herd management, and many other factors are required for success. More
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Spreadsheet to Price Standing Corn for Silage - Downloadable Downloadable

Spreadsheet to Price Standing Corn for Silage

Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

Use this spreadsheet to price your standing corn for silage. More
Dairy Transition Workshop
Dairy Transition Workshop - Workshops Workshops

Dairy Transition Workshop

03/21/2018

Port Matilida, PA

$50.00
Designed to help participants work through the complex steps of transferring ownership and management of a dairy business to the next generation. More
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Dairy Outlook: November 2017 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: November 2017

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

Markets continue to move sideways with little prospect for forecast price improvement. None of the factors that are well known give much optimism for price improvement More
Dairy $ense: Reviewing the DHIA 202 Sheet
Dairy $ense: Reviewing the DHIA 202 Sheet - Articles Articles
Records and data are common place when operating a dairy. The dairy herd information association (DHIA) provides both a holistic and current overview of what is happening with the cows. More
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Milk Price, Feed Cost, and Margin: A Historical Perspective - Articles Articles
Fluctuating milk prices and feed costs stress dairy operations' cash flow. Making decisions based on milk margin and income over feed cost are crucial to profitability. More
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¿Está Vigilando de Cerca a Sus Vacas de Transición? - Articles Articles
En el ganado lechero, el período de transición se caracteriza por una serie de cambios metabólicos y prácticas de manejo que pueden tener un impacto en la salud y la productividad de las vacas. More
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Are You Keeping A Close Eye To Your Transition Cows? - Articles Articles
The transition period for dairy cows is characterized by a number of metabolic changes and management practices that impact health and productivity. Monitoring strategies minimize negative effects. More
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More Progesterone, Please - Articles Articles
Progesterone is essential for normal reproductive cycling; it inhibits estrus and controls follicle growth. But, some high-producing dairy cows have too little in circulation. More
Grazing Warm-Season Annuals
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Grazing Warm-Season Annuals

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This webinar discusses the role and management of warm-season annuals in a grazing system. More
Transition Cow Management
Transition Cow Management - Workshops Workshops

Transition Cow Management

Multiple Options Available

$30.00
Transition Cow Management will feature the science and practices to improve the performance of transition cows. More
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Dairy Outlook: October 2017 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: October 2017

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

October dairy outlook: little potential for increases in milk price; feed prices trending downward; harvests provide breathing room to milk margin/IOFC for Pennsylvania producers. More
Get More from Your Milk: Increasing Profit through Value-Added Products
Get More from Your Milk: Increasing Profit through Value-Added Products - Articles Articles
This article will guide you through the important issues that you need to consider before starting a value-added dairy enterprise. More
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Factors That Affect U.S. Farm-Gate Milk Prices
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Factors That Affect U.S. Farm-Gate Milk Prices - Articles Articles
This publication provides information on milk pricing, dairy product processing, the demand for dairy products, dairy product prices, federal order and farm-gate milk prices, and market interactions. More
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Using Milk Futures to Lock in Profitability
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Using Milk Futures to Lock in Profitability - Articles Articles
This publication explains the differences between brokers and cooperatives, analyzing cooperative contracts, and using strategy and planning. More
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