HD Notebook

Feed calves and heifers like you mean it

Date: 
Fri, 11/09/2012

High-protein feeding not only produces fast growth but vigor that lasts a lifetime.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Bob Corbett
Utah veterinarian and dairy consultant Bob Corbett (pictured) doesn’t look like a rabble-rouser, but he’s a real militant when it comes to blowing up long-held ideas about feeding calves and heifers. Here are a few that he smashed in his presentation yesterday at the 7th annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif., which concludes today.

1. Calves that don’t receive timely adequate and quality colostrum grow one-third slower than calves which do.

2. Calf and heifer feeding that focuses on least cost rather than maximum growth are the most expensive in the long run. Read more

Reproduction awards presented at DCRC meeting

Date: 
Fri, 11/09/2012

Entries came from dairies in more states and countries than ever.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Mind-boggling average herd pregnancy rates were the norm among winners honored yesterday at the 7th annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif. The meeting concludes today.

A total of 52 herds were independently nominated and judged from 17 different states and three countries in the fourth annual competition, which is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health and Hoard’s Dairyman.

Awards were presented in four categories – Honorable Mention, Silver, Gold and Platinum – with separate judging criteria used for Holstein and Jersey herds. Among the Platinum Award Holstein herds, pregnancy rates were typically 34 to 36 percent. For the Platinum Award Jersey herd (Kloppe Dairy) the figure was 42 percent.

DCRC Platinum winners
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Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council meeting has started

Date: 
Thu, 11/08/2012

7th annual event in California has largest-ever turnout.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor


The 7th annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council annual meeting is underway in Sacramento, Calif. Over 250 attendees have registered from as far away as Brazil, the most in the event’s history.

This year’s gathering of university and industry researchers, veterinarians, artificial insemination companies and milk producers have come together November 8 and 9 to discuss the latest research and trends in dairy cattle heat detection and reproduction. Read more

House Ag results keep committee neutral

Date: 
Thu, 11/08/2012

Agriculture leaders remained mostly stagnant in the House of Representatives just like their Senate counterparts. Primary defeats were the biggest source of changes in Tuesday’s election.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

Nation’s top repro herds share details on nutrition

Date: 
Wed, 11/07/2012

DCRC award winners highlighted in November issue of Hoard’s Dairyman.

by Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Assistant Managing Editor Read more

Senate looks the same after historic election

Date: 
Wed, 11/07/2012

The election is over. But for agriculture, little has changed in the powerful Senate.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

Dairy youth apply their knowledge in written form

Date: 
Tue, 11/06/2012

Honors awarded on written exam scores at National 4-H Dairy Bowl contest

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard's Dairyman Online Media Manager

Trent Dado and Cody Getschel

Written exam top scores: Trent Dado (2nd) and Cody Getschel (1st)
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Intermediate Champion Jersey named Grand at NAILE

Date: 
Mon, 11/05/2012

Top senior 3-year-old also was best udder of the show. Reserve Grand took home bred and owned honors.

by Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Assistant Managing Editor Read more

Only seven points separated the three winning teams

Date: 
Mon, 11/05/2012

The Minnesota wins both college and 4-H; Cobleskill tops the post-secondary contest at NAILE.

by Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Assistant Managing Editor Read more

New York captures National 4-H Dairy Bowl Title

Date: 
Mon, 11/05/2012

Rematch of last year's finals had New York edging Wisconsin in 2012

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard's Dairyman Online Media Manager Read more

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