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Using Activity Systems to Monitor Dry and Transition Cows - Articles Articles
Preliminary data from a case study shows differences in daily activity and rumination patterns of healthy and sick cows. More
Figure 1. Dairy cows begin to experience heat stress when the Temperature Humidity Index (THI) exceeds 68.
Using Rumination Sensors to Monitor Heat Stress in Dairy Cows - Articles Articles
Results of monitoring THI, rumination, and milk production on a Southeastern Pennsylvania farm. More
Cow with an activity tag on her collar
Using Activity Systems to Identify Optimum Breeding Time - Articles Articles
An example of how one farmer is using data from an activity monitoring system to identify the optimum breeding time for his farm. More
Entering the Dairy Industry - Dairy Rental and Sharemilking Agreements
Entering the Dairy Industry - Dairy Rental and Sharemilking Agreements - Articles Articles
Dairy farming requires a large capital investment. Extension Dairy Educator, Mat Haan weighs in on two potential options for getting a start in the industry. 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
Milk Quality on PA Dairy Farms Using Robotic Milking Systems – Part 2
Milk Quality on PA Dairy Farms Using Robotic Milking Systems – Part 2 - Articles Articles
Cleanliness of teats as the cow enters the robot and the ability of the robot to clean teats prior to milking will impact teat cleanliness at attachment and ultimately cow health and milk quality. More
Cow with Heatime Pro activity and rumination collar
Choosing an Activity System for Your Dairy - Articles Articles
Activity monitoring systems can improve reproductive performance, reduce labor, and reduce the cost of production. 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
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
Can On-Farm NIR Analysis Improve Feed Management?
Can On-Farm NIR Analysis Improve Feed Management? - Articles Articles
Regular dry matter testing and ration adjustments ensure producers are feeding the ration formulated by the nutritionist. Can on-farm NIR help? More