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A dairy producer panel discussing the return on investment based on genetic strategy was presented in November as part of the Supreme Dairy Show in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

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In 2014, Joe and Barb Terpstra replaced a 17-year-old milking parlour with six automatic milking systems because help was getting scarce and the next generation showed interest. In doing so, they were able to use the area that once held their parlour and holding area for a calf facility.

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This summer, the heifer barn at Cranbrook Farms Ltd. in Brussels, Ontario, was getting crowded. Joe and Barb Terpstra decided to use genomics to aid in their culling decisions and also confirm if their breeding program was actually meeting its goals.

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Editor’s note: This article is part three in a three-part series on evaluating your hygiene protocols. Visit Are you saving money with hygiene to read part 1 and 5 steps to perfect cleanliness to read part 2.

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Finding calves early in the course of disease and applying the appropriate intervention is imperative to minimize the consequences associated with common calfhood conditions.

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