Train your calves to drink

Lifetime productivity starts when the calf is born. The better start in life you give your calves, the more likely they are to grow into healthy, productive and profitable assets. The future success of your dairy farm depends on the success of your calf management program. Continue reading

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Successful reproduction is at the heart of the dairy business

Successful reproduction lies at the heart of any dairy operation – without regular calvings there will be difficulties in producing the desired amount of milk. As a direct result of this, infertility – or perhaps, more accurately, the inability of the … Continue reading

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Herd Navigator: the way ahead

How much time and effort could you save if you could identify problems like mastitis or ketosis, before they became a problem in your dairy herd? And how much extra profit might you earn, if you could spot the animals … Continue reading

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Are Activity systems more efficient than Timed Artificial Insemination?

A suitable reproductive program is critical for success in dairy farms. There are currently different practices being used in different parts of the world. This is due to either cost reasons or legal status of certain practices. Visual heat inspection … Continue reading

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Crime & Punishment I – Heat Detection in Dairy Cows

We are all guilty of a crime, or at least most of us. The crime of taking shortcuts and not performing as we should, in regards to the quality of the job we do to detect heat. To be honest, … Continue reading

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Cow comfort – benefits also in the calving pen

It is common knowledge by now that cow brushes increase the cow comfort – easy to understand for everybody seeing cows “happily” using these devices on each reachable spot of their bodies – obviously satisfying their need for grooming and … Continue reading

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Improved reproduction in heifers decreases total cost of milk production

 Heifers are an expensive part of the dairy business, heifer rearing costs are the third largest contributor to the total cost of milk production, after feed for the milking cows and labor.  Major impact decreasing these costs has the reduction of … Continue reading

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Thinking Differently : Reproductive Ammunition

With economic pressures of the recent years the dairy business is more about increasing profits than increasing production and the inevitable law of diminishing return. Now more than ever we can use milk meters and ID to identify cows that … Continue reading

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Dr’ data management and Mr. guts feeling, or why I need a management system?

As a farm manager, you ask yourself question regarding your business performance: Do I plan my culling events, or I’m forced in to? What is my milk price? Why although I give the best feed that cost me a lot … Continue reading

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Dairy herd management is easy, do the right actions, to the right cows, at the right time.

The trouble is that there are allot of actions and allot of cows and timing is the most important, if you miss a ‘heat’ then you have to wait another 21 days to get the cow in calf, one open … Continue reading

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