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Summer Dairy Field Day-July 20 in Altura


Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

A Summer Dairy Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Shadycrest-Holsteins (Scott & Michelle Herber), 18811 County Road 33, right on the southern edge of Altura, MN. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. This field day is sponsored by Riverland Community College Farm Business Management, Minnesota Dairy Initiatives-SE Region, and the U of MN Extension Dairy Team.

No pre-registration is required. Handout materials will be available and plastic boots will be furnished for everyone to wear. Refreshments will be available during registration. No luncheon is involved.

This dairy features a double 12 DeLaval milking parlor with Activity. The herd consists of 600 cows. RHA is presently at 27,500 lbs/cow. Their 12-month average SCC has been less than 100,000. Recycled sand bedding is used in the free-stall barn. Sexed semen is used on heifers. Approximately 100 head of their Holstein cattle are sold annually for dairy purposes. The herd's pregnancy rate is at 23%. Facilities for the breeding and bred heifers as well as the dry cows include a remodeled existing free-stall barn with an addition and access to pasture

The theme of the field day is "Dairy Cow Management Practices that affect your Profitability." Topics related to this theme that will be discussed are:

•Transition Cow Management -- Dr. Noah Litherland, U of MN Dairy Nutritionist

•Cow Comfort issues with particular emphasis on Prevention of Lameness in the Dairy Herd - Dr. Marcia Endres, U of M Extension Dairy Specialist.

•Management Practices used at Shadycrest-Holsteins

•Perspectives from a Veterinarian - Dr. Kevin Nigon, Farm Veterinarian

Participants will be able to view the dairy facilities during the morning presentations.

Excellent management practices are necessary for the transition cow because of the need for that animal to freshen with a healthy calf without metabolic problems and to prepare her for the lactation period ahead. Cow comfort plays a prominent role on today's dairy farm for the well-being of the animal and to help her maintain a high level of milk production for a longer time during her lactation. Prevention of lameness must be a priority in managing the herd as loss of milk production and involuntary culling are costly to the dairy operation. These issues will be covered in depth during the field day.

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Crop Management Tour - July 7

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

The Crop Management Tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consultants, agribusiness staff, farm managers, government agency personnel and ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Crop Reporting Deadline July 15

The annual, timely and accurate reporting of acres for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent loss of benefits for a variety of Farm Service Agency programs. All cropland on the farm mu ..... 
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Crop Management Tour - July 7

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

The Crop Management Tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consultants, agribusiness staff, farm managers, government ag ..... 
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Crop Management Tour - July 7

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

The Crop Management Tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consultants, agribusiness staff, farm managers, government ag ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

FSA County Committee Nominations Begin June 15

Fillmore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Tammy Martin, wants to remind farmers and landowners that local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee nominations begin on W ..... 
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June is Dairy Month - Duschee Hills Dairy Farm

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Abby Stocker

Got milk? June is officially dairy month, a time for everyone to acknowledge how much they enjoy milk. And cheese. Don't forget yogurt. Or ice cream...dairy products play a big role in keeping stomachs full and happy. If it we ..... 
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June is Dairy Month - A day in the life of a dairy cow

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Nellie the Holstein, as related to Abby Stocker

Mooooo. (That means "howdy" in cow, in case you didn't know.) My name's Nellie, and I'm a dairy cow at Duschee Hills Dairy just outside Lanesboro, Minnesota. I heard June is Dairy Month and d ..... 
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June is Dairy Month - Top 10 strategies to improve early lactation performance for higher peak milk yield

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Noah Litherland, Dairy Nutritionist, University of Minnesota Extension

Getting cows off to a good start and successful navigation through early lactation is critical to the health and performance of the cow and has significant impact on re ..... 
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