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Cash Flow Budgeting

As we close out 2020 it is time to focus on farmer financials. On a recent PDPW Dairy Signal, Dr. Kevin Bernhardt is a Professor of Agribusiness at UW-Platteville and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist. Dr. Bernhardt’s teaching, Extension and scholarly interests...

Mielke Market Talk

Omicron became the buzzword of “Black Friday” and ever since as another chapter is being written in the ongoing COVID saga. What are the ramifications for the dairy industry? Lee Mielke talks about it with StoneX dairy broker Dave Kurzawski.

First Calving Tips

Dr. Mike Hutjens shares a recent webinar focusing on the proper age and weight for heifers first calving:

Class III Up 20 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the November Federal order Class III milk price at $18.03 per hundredweight, up 20 cents from October, $5.31 below November 2020, but the highest Class III price since May. The 11 month average stands at $16.96, down from $18.39 a...

Dairying In Northern Italy

Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek, recently returned from Northern Italy and shares some of the similarities and differences between dairying in Italy and the U.S.

‘Tis The Season For Wisconsin Cheese

Angie Edge with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on the latest holiday marketing efforts. More at WisconsinCheese.com

Expensive Turkey Day

Dairy market analyst Bill Brooks joined Lee Mielke to recap how consumers reacted to the recent Thanksgiving holiday:

Spotlight on Alfalfa

Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us the advantages and disadvantages of alfalfa:

Giving Thanks

There is plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. National Milk's Chris Galen joined us for a special Thanksgiving broadcast:

Do You Have A Farm Rescue Plan?

You never know when you'll need emergency personnel on your farm. That's why it's important to have a farm emergency rescue plan. A topic worth repeating from PDPW's Dairy Signal:

Wellness Wednesdays

Bolsen Safety Foundation Launches Campaign

The Bolsen Safety Foundation, dedicated to educating people involved in forage and grain making on safety, begins a “Keith’s Happy Heavenly Birthday” campaign to gain member donors and sponsors. Learn more at https://www.silagesafety.org/become-a-member-donor.html

Keith Bolsen, who passed away last May, and whose birthday is this week, dedicated his life to the science of silage making. He traveled the world promoting good management practices based on the research he and others conducted. Seeing the tragic loss of life and serious injuries commonly occurring to those he was teaching, he turned his attention to promoting safe practices to go along with better management. As a result, he and his widow, Ruthie, started the foundation that now bears his name.

The Bolsen Safety Foundation is currently run by a board of ten volunteers from across the US, representing academia, farm owners, and agribusinesses. The foundation is developing a Speakers Bureau (meetings, conventions, school lectures, radio, TV, webinar), Written/AV Materials (silage safety guidelines, silage safety employee meeting agendas/kit, high school/college/employer safety book, safety signs for farm posting, safety videos, and Grant Funding (schools, associations for local projects, etc.). Promotion of safe practices is targeted to forage farmers, anyone living near feed storage, animal agriculture students, choppers/harvester operators, pile/storage makers, feeders, and nutritionists.

To learn more and become a member donor to the Bolsen Safety Foundation contact go to www.silagesafety.org.

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


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