Barry Visser

Feed efficiency drives profitability

As dairy farm profit margins tighten, it is critical to evaluate on-farm nutrition strategies to determine if any potential changes can improve the dairy’s cash flow. Feed efficiency is an …

External parasites, like flies, mites and lice, are often easy to detect when observing dairy cattle behavior and appearance. Severe infiltrations of internal parasites can result in roughness of …

For most, the 2023 corn silage harvest is in the rearview mirror. Corn silage harvest came early for some as the summer heat provided plenty of growing degree days, and many areas experienced a perfect storm for drying conditions.

Corn silage harvest is at the doorstep for many dairy farms across the Midwest.

Drought-stressed alfalfa

For some across the Midwest, recent rain has brought much-needed moisture.

In an era of higher feed prices and lower milk prices, it is hard to argue the value of high-quality forages.

A few unseasonably warm days in late April not only melted most of the snow but also reminded us to turn our attention to heat abatement.

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association held its annual conference April 11-13 in Prior Lake, Minnesota, bringing together youngstock producers and industry experts from around the country.

Feed expenditures are the single largest operating expense in a dairy business. Given the current and projected economic environment, it is critical to evaluate on-farm nutritional strategies to determine if any potential changes can improve the dairy’s cash flow.

Lice eat into profits

Lice is a common external parasite in dairy cattle, most notably detected by visible loss of hair.

This winter has presented us with nearly every weather scenario possible: fluctuating barometric pressures, bitter cold temperatures and wind chills around Christmas, and more recent mild temperatures with rain, ice and fog.

Maximize first-lactation milk production

The goal of most heifer replacement programs is to raise high-quality, healthy heifers in an efficient and economical manner.

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