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Peter Pan Heifers

Dr. Mike Hutjens addresses the issue of calves that just don't want to grow up.

NFU Members Decide On New Leader

After serving as president of National Farmers Union (NFU) for over a decade, Roger Johnson will not seek reelection next year. His current term will end at the organization’s annual convention in March, at which point an election for his successor will be held. Three...

2020 Business Conference Fast Approaching

Presented by dairy’s professional development organization – Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the 2020 PDPW Business Conference is held March 18-19 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. The two-day program will bring together dairy farmers, agribusiness...

Dairy is Not Dead

The recent IDFA Dairy Forum showed a great mix of dairy processors, producers and retailers with more than 1,100 attendees. Corey Geiger, managing editor with Hoard's Dairyman, shares his thoughts with Lee Mielke:

Cow Colostrum Issues

Dr. Mike Hutjens tackles the issue of low amounts of colostrum produced by some cows after calving.

Benchmark Drops $2.32

The Agriculture Department announced the first Federal Order Class III benchmark milk price of 2020 at $17.05 per hundredweight, down $2.32 from December but $3.09 above January 2019 and the highest January Class III price since 2014. The January Class IV price is...

Fake Milk Labeling Needs Resolution

 House Energy and Commerce subcommittee included the DAIRY PRIDE Act on its list of key pieces of legislation related to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for this year.  Chris Galen, Sr. VP of Membership Services and Strategic Initiatives with the National Milk...

Ask The Vet: Feeding Young Calves

Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek, answers a question from the "Ask the Vet" mailbag on what is the best approach to feeding young calves. Listen to his answer below and email your question to Dr. Leiterman here:...

Bigger Dairies Out West Remain Trend

The U.S. dairy industry continues to consolidate and move westward, according to Daily Dairy Report editor and analyst Sarina Sharp who talks about it with Lee Mielke:

Meeting Rumen Fermentable Carbohydrate Needs

Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us about Rumen Fermentable Carbohydrate (RFC) needs in this week's Feed Forum Friday:

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

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