In the April issue of Progressive Dairyman, we will be focusing on feed, forages and nutrition. Learn how ash can find its way into your feed and what you can do to minimize it. See how one dairy used M&M’s to determine if they were getting a uniform mix with their additives. Lastly, see what steps to take when bad things happen to good rations.
Also covered in this issue is calf and heifer raising. Considering or already installed an auto-feeder for your calves? Calves may not be eating or growing like you think. Learn more here. Also, find important tips for feeding colostrum. Probiotics may be able to help your calves cope with stress, avoid disease and develop the rumen. Find this and more calf tips in this issue.
Also be sure to read Tim Moffett’s article, “Farm inventions.”
In the first issue of the year, Progressive Dairyman focuses on feed and nutrition. Learn what the five key benefits of frequent feed push-up are. How is silage a lot like U.S. politics? Find out here. Also, what can we learn from the 2016 cropping season?
This issue will also discuss milk quality and parlour management. Winter is upon us; read these 13 tips to manage your parlour in the winter. And keep automatic milking systems running well in the cold weather.
Also covered is business planning. Read about how you should get better at your business before you go bigger. Beef up your negotiating skills and communicate better with your employees. Are you ready to start succession planning? Be sure you’ve selected the right consultant.
The February 2017 issue of Progressive Dairyman is all about the calves. Did you know if a calf can live past five minutes after birth, it’s likely to survive thereafter? Learn how to ensure your calves’ survival. Also, learn when is the right time to intervene during the calving process.
This issue will also discuss dry and transition cows. Read about the research that revealed more factors impacting ketosis. Looking to reduce antibiotic use? See how selective dry cow therapy could help.
Hoof health is another important topic to cover. Detect lameness earlier using an activity behaviour system. And is there a silver bullet to controlling digital dermatitis? See how cow hygiene and footbaths could be the ticket to battle digital dermatitis.
Also be sure to read Tim Moffett’s Valentine’s-themed article, “Cupid alert.”
In the March issue of Progressive Dairyman, the issue focus is management. Find out how a vaccine for S. aureus was discovered by a Canadian scientist. Learn when the right time is to start succession planning. This issue also reviews upcoming events: the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar and Canadian Dairy XPO.
A.I. and breeding is the next topic. Including Omega-3 fatty acid-rich flaxseed and fish oil in your cows’ diet may boost fertility. Also, you can now select genetics for increased resistance to metabolic diseases.
Cow comfort and manure handling rounds out this issue. Conductive cooling could be the key to combat heat stress. And improve cow comfort by focusing on what can’t be bought. Learn the four reasons why anaerobic digesters fail. Lastly, learn manure pit safety; make sure toxic fumes don’t overcome you.