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Updated: July 29, 2021

Dairy Management

Resources on cow comfort and a transition program.
Updated: July 29, 2021

Dairy Nutrition

Resources on dairy nutrition
Updated: July 29, 2021

Dairy Calves and Heifers

Resources for dairy calves and heifers
Updated: July 7, 2021

What to Do with Thinning Alfalfa Stands

It’s the time of year when our alfalfa fields are just waking from winter slumber, or at least we hope they are. We are hopeful that a combination of favorable moisture and thoughtful management will have fields greening up with a strong stand. Unwelcome are brownfields or something close to it. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen often. Yet, when it does, the decision of what’s to follow is painful but an easy one to make — time to put this field out of its misery and plant something else.
Alfalfa
Updated: June 15, 2021

Maryland Milk Moos-June 2021

Topics include the cost of production, heifer benchmarks, fly control, and pasture management.
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Updated: June 14, 2021

Group Housing of Pre-weaned Calves: Yay or Nay?

Recent research suggests numerous benefits to housing pre-weaned calves in small groups, such as improved starter grain intake and greater social flexibility.
Group Housing Dairy Calves
Updated: June 14, 2021

Do pre-weaned calves need forage?

While it has been demonstrated that feeding hay is not needed to support adequate rumen development before weaning, there are some occasions when feeding a small amount of forage before weaning can be beneficial.
Dairy Calves
Updated: June 11, 2021

Stepping up your Fly Control Program

Summer is here and with that comes, what sometimes seems, a never-ending battle with flies. Flies can pose a significant problem for all animals on the farm. Following a (usually much welcomed) bout of wet summer weather, fly populations sometimes seem to explode. There are three major types of flies with economic significance to the U.S. dairy industry: horn flies, face flies, and stable flies. Control measures vary somewhat depending on which type of fly is causing issues. Below are four steps you can take to help reduce the fly load for your animals.
Diary cows grazing
Updated: June 9, 2021

Do your heifers measure up? Tips for Evaluating your Heifer Program

Raising a replacement heifer to first calving is often the second or third largest expense on the dairy. Thus, it is important to fine-tune the heifer program to optimize heifer productivity and economic return. While the pre-weaned calf management program is a critical component of good heifer management, remember that management after weaning is also important.
Heifer
Updated: May 24, 2021

Best Deworming Practices for Cattle

Many producers are aware that gastrointestinal parasites can reduce cattle performance, and accordingly, take measures to protect their animals.  This article outlines several steps to follow in order to establish a judicious and effective deworming program.
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