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Hay Quality Indicators

Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us on our Feed Forum Friday to update us on the latest hay conditions.

Ag Labor and Trade Priorities

As public impeachment hearings kicked off in Washington, the National Milk Producers Federation continues to push congress to pass the U.S. Mexico Canada trade deal and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture...

Dean Foods Files For Bankruptcy

America's largest milk producer will sell to Dairy Farmers of America: http://www.deanfoods.com/newsroom/news/dean-foods-company-initiates-voluntary-reorganization-with-new-financial-support-from-existing-lenders/

Geek Out on Calves

Geek out on calves at the PDPW Calf Care Connection® training, repeating in three locations, Nov. 19, 20, and 21, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. in Chilton, Eau Claire, and Fennimore, Wis. Click Here For More Info

NMPF Annual Meeting Recap

Hoard's Dairyman managing editor Cory Geiger recaps last week's annual meeting in New Orleans.

Immature Corn Silage

Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at immature and frost damaged corn silage:

Annual Meeting Wraps Up in New Orleans

NMPF’s main policy conference of the year, featured discussions of the state of the dairy industry and economy, with remarks from the organization’s chairman, Missouri dairy farmer Randy Mooney :

Don’t Limit Winter Barn Circulation

The Crystal Creek® approach to calf barn air circulation challenges the long standing belief that calf barns should limit ventilation in the winter to 4 air exchanges per hour. Dr. Ryan Leiterman explains in this month's installment of "A Breath of Fresh Air" on Dairy...

China and Japan Trade Update

The U.S. dairy industry stands to benefit from purchases made by China and Japan, according to HighGround Dairy's Lucas Fuess. He talks with LeeMielke about it.

Corn Stalk Update

Utilizing corn stalks for cow feed is our topic with Dr. Mike Hutjens:

Wellness Wednesdays

A Breath of Fresh Air with Dr. Ryan Leiterman

Heard on Dairy Radio Now 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.

During his time in practice, Dr. Leiterman experienced first-hand how a properly designed ventilation system could improve calf health and calf raising profitability. He has worked with both new construction and retrofitted existing buildings to improve respiratory health. 

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