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Retrofitting Stanchion Barn For Calves

An old stanchion barn is an excellent space for calf housing, according to Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek:

Future Includes Innovation, Collaboration

The Dairy Innovation Hub, which the state of Wisconsin is supporting to the tune of $7.8 million per year, harnesses dairy research and development at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls campuses. Faculty director Heather White gave PDPW Dairy Signal...

Food Box Program Gives Dairy Boost

The renewed Food Box program promises support for dairy prices, "For now," says StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:

Monitoring Calf Health

Dr. Mike Hutjens monitors calf health on today's Feed Forum Friday:

A Busy Next 100 Days

Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on today's Dairy Radio to discuss the Biden administration's next 100 days and what it means for the dairy industry:

New Beginnings

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris became the 46th president and 49th vice-president of the United States Wednesday, as well as the members of the 117th Congress as they embark on their work serving the American people. NMPF Statement

The Right Team Member

Liz Griffith, market development, human resource consultant with Encore Consultants updated dairy producers on a recent Dairy Signal webcast on how to build an effective team:

Chatter Over Pricing Formula Changes

There’s been some chatter about how we price milk in this country and changes are being discussed, according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. He talks with Lee Mielke about it, and has a warning on what's coming in...

Fuzzy Cottonseed’s Popularity

Dr. Mike Hutjens provides the positive aspects of having fuzzy cottonseed in your feed inventory:

Dietary Guidelines: Make Every Bite Count

Newly released federal dietary guidelines will benefit dairy, even as work remains to be done, said Miquela Hanselman, NMPF’s regulatory affairs manager, from a Dairy Defined podcast. More info on the new guidelines: https://www.dietaryguidelines.gov/

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.

e-mail your questions to: AskTheVet@CrystalCreekNatural.com


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