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  • Monday, June 15, 2020 9:27 AM
        Bob raises heifers for a client. He contacted me because my client’s calves were struggling with diarrhea and respiratory disease shortly after moving to his farm.
  • Monday, May 11, 2020 12:54 PM
        In the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” the Upside Down is another world that exists as an alternate dimension to the real world.
  • Monday, April 13, 2020 2:45 PM
        Forty years ago, a farmer might have been able to build a freestall barn for $750 per stall, and a cow cost about $1,000.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:29 AM
    It was the day before Christmas, and the family was gathered for a festive dinner when my highly-educated adult son held up an unshelled almond and said, “Is this a hazelnut?”
        Sigh. How is it possible he had never seen an unshelled almond?
  • Monday, February 10, 2020 2:13 PM
        Dairy farmers have made great strides in reducing heat stress in the last 20 years. However, the average cow produced about 1.4% more milk per year over that time period, which means higher dry matter intake and heat production.
  • Sunday, January 12, 2020 5:58 PM
        Birdie, our yellow Labrador retriever, is not a good hunting dog. She does not like loud noises, so a gunshot sends her running in the wrong direction.
  • Monday, December 9, 2019 10:33 AM
        First, let’s define some terms.
        Septicemia means invasion of the bloodstream by pathogenic organisms. In calves, these are usually bacteria, though they could be viruses or parasites.
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 8:50 AM
        Bimodal milking is a result of delayed milk ejection (DME). In such cases, milk in the gland cistern empties into the claw.
  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 12:51 PM
        For most of us, down cows are a downer. We do not like to see them. We feel bad for the animals; we worry they will never get up again, and we know that moving and caring for them will take extra work.
  • Monday, September 16, 2019 4:44 PM
        There are a variety of options for cows with chronic high somatic cell counts. You can sell them. You can ignore them and hope they get better.
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