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Best Practices on the Farm: Choosing a Refractometer

Posted by Laura Stensberg

There are many tools of the trade when it comes to taking care of calves. One of those tools that often gets overlooked is the refractometer. This is an essential tool in your toolbox, it gets used every day. There are several different refractometers on the market and they are used in a variety of…
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Is the Collection and Storage of Colostrum Your Missing Link?

Posted by Laura Stensberg

We have talked a lot about the importance of feeding colostrum and the importance of pasteurization, but we haven’t really discussed the importance of how that colostrum is collected and how it is stored. By now, we all know that those first few hours of a calf’s life are the most critical. Being born without…
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Great Hygiene Practices Save You Money

Posted by Laura Stensberg

In this time of uncertainty and 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…
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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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