HD Notebook

Dairy farmers have a new friend in Congress

Date: 
Wed, 11/14/2012

Congressman-elect David Valadao is a partner in his family’s 1,700-cow dairy operation.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Agriculture has some friends in Washington, D.C. But it has been some time since dairy producers had one of their own in town. Read more

Reduce shrink to extend forages.

Date: 
Tue, 11/13/2012

Dan Undersander

Drought-stressed alfalfa fields need extra attention

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

“Lack of water at optimal times cannot be made up later with additional rains or irrigation,” said Dan Undersander, when discussing the state of alfalfa stands, during the November 12 Hoard’s Dairyman webinar. “Once alfalfa goes without water, it is like a newborn calf that does not get adequate nutrition early in life. It will always be behind in its growth,” said the UW extension alfalfa specialist.

To help alfalfa cope with the drought, consider fertilizing the crop with potassium to improve winter survival. Also add sulfur to fields if needed. He stressed it was not too late to add this valuable element to your fields – just do it before it freezes. Read more

Even a little reproductive performance improvement pays off

Date: 
Mon, 11/12/2012

Financial gains are biggest for high-producing herds.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

The higher your herd’s production average is, the more additional money you stand to make by making even small improvements in reproduction — more cows caught in heat sooner, more and earlier pregnancies, and shorter calving intervals.

Greg Bethard This message came from Greg Bethard (pictured), a dairy consultant and the assistant director for dairy technology at Dairy Records Management Systems at North Carolina State University, during the 7th annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif., November 8 and 9. Read more

Don’t leave heifer-raising money on the table

Date: 
Mon, 11/12/2012

Lack of monitoring and emphasis can easily waste hundreds of dollars per head.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Every dairy conference has a presentation that unexpectedly makes you sit up straighter, listen closer and think harder. The one at the 7th annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif., November 8 and 9 that met that description was John Lee’s talk on the financial opportunities that are lost when raising heifers. Read more

The effects of resynchronization on fertility and economics

Date: 
Fri, 11/09/2012

Adding a presynch step will boost fertility but may also increase breeding interval.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor
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Many years and growing use of managed heat protocols by dairy producers continue to generate ways to fine-tune their use, as was discussed by Texas A&M University Extension Dairy Specialist Todd Bilby (pictured) at the 7th annual Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif. The meeting concludes today.

Bilby explained that the addition of a presynchronization component before resynchronization improved fertility in a joint study involving researchers in Texas, Minnesota and New York. The improvement was 7 to 9 percent. However, some programs that were used also saw an increase in breeding interval of 7 to 13 days. Read more

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

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