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Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 1 2019

January 1

The first Progressive Dairyman issue of the year covers a variety of subjects, including milking, business planning and dry and transition cows. Compare full versus partial automation in the milking center; which would be best for your operation? Or learn how to plan ahead by structuring your business plan with taxes in mind. Lastly, check out this new nutrition technology, bioactive metabolites, and how it can help support high-producing dairy cows by stabilizing rumen pH, increasing volatile fatty acid production and improving milk yield.

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 2 2019

February 1

The February 2019 issue of Progressive Dairyman covers a variety of topics, including management, feed and nutrition, cow comfort and hoof health. Learn how to protect your respiratory health while on the farm with these masks. Or learn how you can stay ahead of rising interest rates. Also, see how one dairy is drying hay to achieve top quality without depending on the weather. Lastly, improve cow comfort with these three low-cost tips.

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 3 2019

March 1

The March issue of Progressive Dairyman focuses on A.I. and breeding, calves and heifers and manure. Find out how reproductive management practices vary across Canadian dairy farms. Also, invest in healthier cows by implementing the right genetics. And is it possible to have zero treatments and zero mortality in your calf program? See what Jodi Wallace has to say about achieving zero-zero calf care. Lastly, see one entrepreneur’s solution to dairy excrement.

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 4 2019

April 1

The April issue of Progressive Dairyman focuses on feed and nutrition, facilities and herd health. See why the quality of the mix you produce is equally important to a balanced ration in “Maintain effective fibre for better feed efficiency.” Or see what’s hiding in your forages that could be harming your cows.

For herd health, find out how incomplete milking can prevent fresh cow health woes. Or see how protected B vitamins can help boost the immune system during the transition period.

In the facilities section, learn how a sonic net could keep starlings away, or see these 7 tips for building new facilities. Lastly, learn about “robotic batch milking” – a new concept combining conventional barn design with automated milking.

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 5 2019

May 1

The May issue of Progressive Dairyman-Canada includes some insights on cow comfort and animal welfare. Learn five keys to effectively soaking dairy cows and learn three ways to manage heat stress through nutrition. Also included is calf and heifer raising. Learn how to provide the best newborn calf care during week one. Lastly, get some tips on what do do when it’s time to make decisions about down cows.

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 7 2019

July 1

The July issue of Progressive Dairy-Canada covers feed and nutrition. Learn from new research on feed options that can increase milkfat and true protein, and banish five mycotoxin myths. Also included is dry and transition cows. Take a closer look at three key areas to better detect transition cow diseases. Lastly, get some new tips on skid-steer loader maintenance to help equipment last longer.

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 9 2019

September 1

The September issue of Progressive Dairy-Canada explores A.I. and breeding. Learn more about how to use activity monitors to improve reproduction. Also included is milking management. Take five steps to faster, safer milking, and get some tips on taking control of milk quality. Or learn how to detect, treat and minimize the impact of subclinical ketosis in your herd, and learn how to place an IV catheter.

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 10 2019

October 1

The October issue of Progressive Dairy-Canada gives some pointers on feed and nutrition. See if feed beets could be an economical substitute for grains in your dairy ration, and get some tips on feedbunk management. Also included is cow comfort. Compare three main options for circulation fans and learn seven benchmarks for the best bedding quality. Lastly, get some pointers on helping your parlour last a little longer.

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 11 2019

November 1

The November issue of Progressive Dairy-Canada dives into dry and transition cow management. Learn about the critical role of metabolizable protein during the close-up dry period, and learn three pillars of a successful fresh cow program. Also included is calf and heifer raising. Get some tips on how to evaluate success when feeding calves with auto-feeders. Lastly, learn how to create a space for efficient hoof trimming.

Progressive Dairyman Canada Issue 12 2019

December 1

The December issue of Progressive Dairy-Canada discusses winter facilities. Pick up some tips on how to manage ventilation during the cold winter months. Also included is A.I. and breeding. Learn from a producer panel at the Canadian Dairy XPO about their experiences with beef-on-dairy, and see how a few producers are using genetics from several decades ago to improve their herds. Lastly, review the top performing articles of 2019, and enjoy a few Christmas stories.