Scheduled service: a main component of parlour performance

Milking equipment needs regular servicing to work properly and safeguard the health of the herd. Can you really afford to be without it? With the volatile milk and feed prices of recent years, producers cannot afford to have their milking … 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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Why we really need to think about extending the lifetime productivity of a cow  

Dairy farmers need to replace cows in the herd frequently because of health and reproduction issues; yet this expensive practice could also be avoided in some cases through a range of simple, effective measures. Isn’t that part of what sustainable farming … Continue reading

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Making a good robotic milking facility great: the cow’s perspective

Installing an automatic milking system doesn’t bring instant answers to dairy farming challenges in itself: to get the very best output from the herd requires careful thought, planning and consideration. And the best place to start is by looking at … Continue reading

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Reducing electricity consumption on farm – by management

As more and more dairy farms turn to automation for labour-intensive tasks such as milking and feeding, electricity costs increase. In this post I look at some farm management activities that can reduce electricity consumption and operational expenses.

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How farmers can affect their use of energy on farm

This year’s Earth Hour is scheduled for Saturday, March 29 from 8.30pm-9.30 pm CET. The aim is to encourage individuals, communities and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour, as a symbol of their commitment to a more sustainable society, but … Continue reading

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Longevity is profitable – keep track of early lactation culling and mortality rate in the herd

On many dairy farms around the world it has become common practice to move all heifers into production. This practice may be preventing producers from seeing the value of   investing in keeping healthy animals that can be kept longer instead of having lower-yielding … Continue reading

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TMR (Total Mixed Ration) Management – don’t forget consistency and routines

TMR (Total Mixed Ration) is not a new system; however there are Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that we must keep to to make the system work and be successful. What are our cows asking for?  Two main points are often neglected : consistency and … Continue reading

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What future, large-scale dairy systems might look like

Introduction The profitability of dairy farms is under increasing pressure. As feed and milk prices fluctuate more wildly, it becomes increasingly important to utilize all resources responsibly and more efficiently; not least cows, capital, labor and land. The main global … Continue reading

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Daily life time yield – the benefit of keeping the cow longer in the herd

Much of the low longevity of dairy cows in intensive milk production results from involuntary culling of cows mainly because of reproductive problems, mastitis or poor udder health, lameness and problems with feet and legs, and other forms of illness or injury. Continue reading

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