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Management Articles

8 Ways to Help Keep Performance Consistent Across Seasons

Often, rations can change seasonally. In fact, it’s common for producers to experience lower butterfat tests and higher numbers of butterfat inversions this time of year.

New Expression for Somatic Cell Score Evaluations

Dairy producers are highly aware of the importance of good udder health on milk quality, animal health and the general profitability of the dairy herd.

Who do you trust to advise you?
Joep Driessen, founder CowSignals

Being a farmer is a challenging job. You need to know a lot about every detail involved in farming: health, feed, housing, management and economics.

Stress-free stockmanship is the most underestimated skill in dairy management
Joep Driessen, CowSignals

7 years ago Jan Hulsen and I did an amazing training with Bud Williams, a beef farmer in the US.

Keeping Your Show Heifers in Shape for Spring

As we get into spring, although that seems like a loose term in many parts of the country, the 2018 show season is already in full spring. Showing heifers in the spring can prove to be challenging, so Cowsmo asked

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Is your colostrum management working?

All dairy farmers know the importance of the first meal of colostrum to ensuring a calf gets off to the best start in life.

5 Topics to Improve Animal Welfare and Farmer Welfare

Farmers are facing big challenges. Society expects a lot and legislation increases. Nowadays a farmer is not only someone who takes care of animals, he’s more and more an entrepreneur who needs to know everything about everything. I’m convinced that

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Keeping your calves healthy this fall

Experience tells us that fall can be a treacherous season for keeping calves healthy.

Overview of the A.I. Sector in Canada
Brian Van Doormaal, General Manager, CDN

Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) has been offering genetic evaluation services for over twenty years now.

Predisposition to Rumen Acidosis
Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

URBANA, Ill. – Scientists are not sure why some cows develop the condition known as subacute ruminal acidosis, or SARA, but producers know it causes a number of minor symptoms that can create major problems.

How Foot Rot Affects Your Herd
Koos Vis, Diamond Hoof Care LTD

The term foot rot or ‘hoof rot’ is one that might be used on your farm to describe a sore foot.

Robot Roundtable

In 2014, we took some time to ask farmers a few questions about the transition to robot operations and how it worked in each situation. Take a look back at this roundtable on robots from a 2014 edition of Cowsmopolitan.

Calf Management –A Look at Successful Calf Programs

Here is a look at how six different farms manage their calf programs. This article originally appeared in a previous edition of Cowsmopolitan.

Advice for Farm Biosecurity

The best vaccines and medication can be overcome by poor management every time, so simple down to earth basic biosecurity can be applied to farms without costing a fortune. This will help to prevent the spread of disease farm to

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Tips for Milking Parlor Safety

Working in a milking parlor, with its 24/7 schedule, is hard work that requires long hours and attention to detail. It’s also a prime location for slips, trips and falls by dairy workers. In fact, every year dairy workers are

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Summer 2018


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