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Three Areas To Focus On Lameness

Nearly a quarter of our world's cattle are lame, but there are steps dairy producers can take to alleviate challenges on their operation. Dr. Mike Hutjens shares three critical areas to combat lameness on today's Dairy Radio:

Congress Has Work Before Summer Recess

Lawmakers need to pass a budget before heading to summer recess. NMPF's Chris Galen provides an update, and also reminds us of the public comment deadline for input on the new dietary guidelines:

July Class III: $24.54

The Agriculture Department announced the July Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $24.54 per hundredweight, up $3.50 from June, 6 cents shy of the all-time record $24.60 in September 2014, and $6.99 above July 2019. It put the 2020 average at $17.30, up...

The Heat Is On

This month's Ask the Vet segment, Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek has some important tips on how to mitigate heat stress. If you have a question for Ryan email: askthevet@crystalcreeknatural.com

Dairy Margin Coverage: Buy What You Can

Dr. Mark Stephenson, PhD, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at UW-Madison and Director of Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Profitability updated dairy producers on the government's Dairy Margin Coverage program and the latest dairy market news, in a recent PDPW Dairy...

China’s Dairy Appetite Increasing

June dairy imports to China were “impressive,” according to HighGround Dairy's Lucas Fuess. He talks with Lee Mielke about them on today's Dairy Radio:

Don’t Cut Corners With Calf Starters

Five different aspects of a good calf starter are discussed with Dr. Mike Hutjens:

Specialty Cheeses Growing in Popularity

Specialty cheeses are discussed with Dr. John Lucey, PhD, Director of Center for Dairy Research, Professor of food Science at UW-Madison. Comments from PDPW's Dairy Signal.

Class III Prices Remain Strong

Ag economist Dan Basse with AgResource updated dairy producers on the latest dairy prices. He says the impact COVID-19 is having on Class III prices remains strong, but the other classes are not performing as well. Comments from PDPW Dairy Signal

Milk Production & Cold Storage Update

Today we take a look at the most recent milk production and cold storage reports from USDA, with Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter:

Wellness Wednesdays

Ask The Vet

Heard on Dairy Radio the first Wednesday of every month. Dr. Ryan Leiterman is Director of Technical Services for Crystal Creek®.  Ryan is a dairy veterinarian experienced in calf barn ventilation design and analysis. He holds degrees in both Agricultural Engineering and Veterinary Medicine.

EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO: AskTheVet@CrystalCreekNatural.com


Why Vaccines Fail

Vaccination programs are an important part of herd health, but sometimes a vaccine can fail. This month’s “Ask the Vet” segment, Dr Ryan Leiterman explores why this happens and the importance of booster shots, or repeat vaccinations.


Spring Has Sprung

Spring is an excellent time to plan your upcoming construction projects. Some of the more common calf barn designs incorporate naturally ventilated, curtain sidewall barns. Dr. Ryan Leiterman reminds us how to properly use curtains, eves and ridge vents as we ease out of the colder months.

Comfort Designed For Today’s Cow

Kevin Martin, a sales specialist in barn equipment with GEA joined us on today’s Wellness Wednesday to discuss how dairies are yielding cleaner stalls as cows lay straighter living in the Single Beam Freestall Mounting System. He also tells Dairy Radio Now listeners about GEA’s automated robotic feed pusher, FRone, it moves feed towards the feed fence at the times you define and according to the routes you set:

Winter Housing: Focus On Air Volume Not Speed

Cold temperatures are here and winter is quickly approaching. As the temperatures drop, calf barns are closed up and the ventilation rates are turned down. As an industry we do this reflexively, but is it what’s best for the calves? If it’s not ‘drafty,’ can a calf have too much fresh air? Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek tells us more on this month’s A Breath of Fresh Air on Dairy Radio Now:

Investing In Cow Comfort During Low Milk Prices

Kevin Dole of FutureCow joined us on our Wellness Wednesday to discuss an economical way to keep cows comfortable with the new Stationary Brush – an ideal brush for barns or lots with no electrical access. Dole explains the Stationary Brush is just like a rotation option, it is perfect for keeping your cows clean and happy. Listen here:

Consider Probiotics For Calf Efficiency

Whether you’re having a specific calf challenge or are looking for a consistent way to support immune function and digestive health, probiotics can be a great solution. Dr. Troy Wistuba, Director of Technical Innovation with Land O’ Lakes Animal Milk Products joined us at the recent NAFB Trade Talk to discuss:

Previous Segments:

Nov. 2018: Pneumonia Prevention: Bedding and Nutrition:


Oct. 2018: Old Barns Can Have Cost Effective Calf Space:


Sept.  2018: Focus on the Calf Pen – Not the Barn:


Aug. 2018: Heat Hurts Calves Too:


July 2018: The Calf Wheel of Health:


June 2018: Retrofitting Stanchion Barns For Optimal Ventilation:

May 2018: Staying Consistent in an Inconsistent Environment:

 

April 2018: Curtains, Eves & Ridges:

 

March 2018: Building a New Calf Barn?

 

February 2018: Raising Healthy Calves Saves Time and Money

 

January 2018: Old Design Parameters Need Updating