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2016

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 1 2016

January 1

In the first issue of Progressive Dairyman, the issue focus is A.I. and breeding. Learn how to improve embryo quality and herd fertility with trace minerals. Find out how one dairy put genomics and embryo transfer to work on-farm.

The issue topic is dry and transition cows. Learn how to prevent milk fever with anionic salts. Find tips for designing your maternity pen around cow behaviour.

Also be sure to read Ryan Dennis' column, "Dinner for One."

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 2 2016

February 1

In the February issue of Progressive Dairyman, the issue focus is feed, forages and nutrition. Articles include "Challenging feedout of the new corn silage crop" and "Rumen bypass fats: More than just energy sources."

The issue topics include hoof health and working with your vet. Learn how to trim during the transition period or how to detect lameness. Article subjects also include how to troubleshoot difficult calvings and how to manage precision dairy farming technologies.

Also be sure to read Yevet Tenney's article, "The sacrificial lamb."

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 3 2016

March 1

In the March issue of Progressive Dairyman, the issue focus is milk quality and parlour management. Articles include, "Focus on the three M's to produce quality milk with robots" and "Don't forget the basics when troubleshooting milk quality."

The issue topics are cow comfort and manure handling. Learn how to create the right design for your new barn to ensure cow comfort. Explore different ventilation and cooling innovations. Also learn how to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from your manure storage.

Also be sure to read Yevet Tenney's article, "God's Easter basket."

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 4 2016

April 1

In the April issue of Progressive Dairyman, the issue focus is feed, forages and nutrition. Articles include “Why dry matter intake matters,” “Using canola meal with forages” and “Current strategies for increasing nutritive value of corn silage.”

The issue topics include calf and heifer raising and animal welfare. Learn what factors to consider before switching to automated calf feeding. Learn what to look for when conducting a walk-through of a calf barn. Also learn how analyzing data can help you improve cow well-being.

Also be sure to read Yevet Tenney’s article, “We are sowing.”

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 5 2016

May 1

In the May issue of Progressive Dairyman, the issue focus is cow comfort and cooling. Learn how to reduce cow cooling costs this summer, and find out which cooling system is best for your facility.

The issue topics include A.I. and breeding, and dry and transition cows. Learn how to choose the ideal show heifer; take a closer look at stature; and learn how to manage transition cow metabolism and immune function.

Also be sure to read Tim Moffett’s column, “Cliches.”

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 6 2016

June 1

In the June issue of Progressive Dairyman, the issue focus is feed, forages and nutrition. Learn how to manage and prevent mycotoxins in the field, or learn what’s needed to meet cows’ amino acid requirements.

This issue will review how to prevent lameness by focusing on hoof health. Articles include, “What Canadian cows are telling us about footbaths,” “Three steps to zero lameness” and “Why balanced hoof trimming leads to a better bottom line.”

The issue topic is milk quality and parlour management. Find out if milking robots are right for you, or learn when to replace teat cup liners for optimal milk performance.

Also be sure to read Tim Moffett’s article, “Recycled treasure.”

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 7 2016

July 1

In the July issue of Progressive Dairyman, the issue focus is calf and heifer raising. Learn how RFCs could help keep your calves healthy. Learn these five steps to reduce calf scours. Also, how much water intake does your calf need?

This issue will also discuss working with your vet. Find out how you can enhance the role of your farm’s veterinarian. Learn about floatation therapy for downer cows. Also see how you could use an in-line milk-analyzer to detect ketosis.

Also be sure to read Yevet Tenney’s article, “Divine nature footprints.”

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 8 2016

August 1

The August issue of Progressive Dairyman discusses the state of the dairy industry. This issue will explore farmland values and the growing dairy goat industry. Also, what is the ideal dairy farm according to the consumer?

The issue topics are dry and transition cows and manure handling. Learn how to identify health issues in transition cows early. See how rehydrating the post-calving cow could speed up the recovery process. Also, learn how to add value to manure and how to get the most out of fall manure.

Be sure to read Yevet Tenney’s article, “The seven deadly sins and me.”

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 9 2016

September 1

In the September issue of Progressive Dairyman, the issue focus is A.I. and breeding. Learn how in vitro fertilization could improve a herd’s reproduction, or see how you could nutritionally boost reproduction.

This issue will also discuss milk quality and parlour management. Check out this veterinarian’s seven steps for better milk quality, or see how assuming a positive attitude could affect your herd’s milk quality. Also, take these considerations for sizing a parlour and cow groups to mind.

Are you building or redesigning your barn? This issue has the basics for building your best barn. Answer these four questions when designing a robotic barn, and be sure to check out the integrated robotic farm of the future.

Don’t forget to check out Ryan Dennis’ article, “Tea-talk on the Irish countryside.”

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 10 2016

October 1

In the October 2016 issue of Progressive Dairyman, topics range from management, feed and nutrition to cow comfort and herd health.

Learn the seven steps to recommitting to strong, engaged management. Find out if you have a family-first or a business-first dairy business.

Cow comfort and herd health articles include, “When it comes to comfort brushes, placement matters,” “Heat stress effects linger months beyond summer” and “Making on-farm culturing work for you.”

Also be sure to read Tim Moffett’s article, “Tough turkey.”

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 11 2016

November 1

The November 2016 issue of Progressive Dairyman celebrates the women in the dairy industry. The articles, while geared towards women, can apply to all of us. Learn how to build your own individual “brand”; find out how to find your own personal courage; and learn the three habits of happy people.

Calf and heifer raising and hoof health are also discussed in this issue. Learn the extra benefits of colostrum, or learn these five steps to perfect cleanliness. Detect digital dermatitis in heifers by walking the pens. And what are the ethics and economics for trimming cull cows?

Also be sure to read Yevet Tenney’s article, “Check your heart.”

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 12 2016

December 1

In the December issue of Progressive Dairyman, we will be rounding out the year with the “best of 2016.” See our top 15 online articles from this past year. We printed a few of the online-first articles for your convenience. Be sure to check it out!

Also, what’s a December issue without a little bit of Christmas? If you’re looking for Christmas goodies, be sure to read “On-farm processors prepare for holidays.” There are few recipes included in this article. Also read about how one farmer found hope during a particularly difficult holiday season.

To round the issue off, we dive into A.I. and breeding. See what three reproductive technologies are transforming dairy cattle genetics. Learn the five fundamentals for improved herd reproduction. And see how taking the perspective of an CFO could help you with your breeding decisions.