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5 Steps to Perfect Cleanliness (Golden Calf for Progressive Dairyman)

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

It has been said, cleanliness is next to godliness. Nowhere on a dairy is this saying more true than in the maternity and calf areas. Providing a clean environment for our newborn calves can save us thousands of dollars in future treatments and medical expenses. In our last article, “Are you saving money with hygiene?”…
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Are you saving money with Hygiene? (Golden Calf for Progressive Dairyman)

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

In this time of lower milk prices, every penny counts, and many producers have “hunkered down” and decided not to make any large investments this year. In times like these, every producer should focus on efficiencies and find areas where improvements will yield the biggest impact. You won’t find a more important area than newborn…
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Choosing Between Optical and Digital Refractometer

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

Digital Dip Style Refractometer: How to use Digital Dip Style Refractometer: Dip refractometer into liquid, press start and read results within 3 seconds. Review of Digital Dip Style Refractometer: This is the newest and simplest way that allows for technology, design and user interface to excel to the highest level.  The digital display is easy…
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Testing Calf Milk and Milk Solids with Refractometer

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

Refractometer is a multi-functional tool, which allows dairy farmers and calf-care personnel to test three areas of calf rearing: Quality of Colostrum to determine whether the immunity content is sufficient for first feeding – perhaps the most common use of a refractometer. Test each collection for content of IgG. Blood Serum Total Protein (BSTP) o determines if the…
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Addressing the forgotten: Hygiene!

Posted by Dagmar Beckel Machyckova

Last week, the Calf Care Connection put on by PDPW went off without a hitch, full of calf persons from all over Wisconsin. We were very honored to sponsor Dr.Sam Leadly, who spoke in depth about the on farm cleanliness for our calf care materials. I personally believe that hygiene is a much overlooked topic on…
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