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Article published the January 1, 1900:

Strategies for Increasing Herd Milk Production Through More Frequent Milking

One of the most common ways for dairy producers to increase milk production is by increasing milking frequency. Frequent milking during early lactation may not only increase milk yield during the freque...
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Free stall dimensions right for your cows

Producers are faced with a wide range of recommendations when installing new housing facilities or renovating an existing barn. In previous Research Reports, we have discussed the effects of providing a com...
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Milk Protein

As component pricing based on solids not fat and/or protein becomes more a standard in the industry, production of milk components, particularly protein, will receive more emphasis. In addtion, methods of...
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Milk Urea Nitrogen

What is Urea? Urea is a small organic molecule composed of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen. Urea is a common constituent of blood and other body fluids. Urea is formed from ammonia in the kidney a...
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Managing Milk Composition: Maximizing Rumen Function

Various feeding management practices impact the levels of milk fat and protein concentration in raw milk. Feeding strategies that optimize rumen function also maximize milk production and milk component per...
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Managing Milk Composition: Evaluating Herd Potential

The major components of raw milk are water, fat, protein, lactose, and minerals. These components can be influenced by many factors, including genetics and nutrition. Nutrition or dietary influences readily...
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Using Body Condition Scoring in Dairy Herd Management

Introduction There are six key times during the yearly cycle when each cow should have her condition evaluated. These occur: midway through the dry period, at calving, and at approximately 45, 90, 180 and ...
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Managing and Feeding Lactating Dairy Cows In Hot Weather

The modern dairy cow is similar to a factory, consuming and processing large quantities of raw materials (feedstuffs) and producing a large volume of high quality product (milk). It is essential that the fl...
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Robotic Milking and Milk Quality, Experiences From the Netherlands

1Quality Milk Promotion Services, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University, 2 Research Institute for Cattle, Sheep and Horses, Lelystad,, the Netherlands, 3Fullwood ...
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Health Management Practices for Dry Dairy Cows

Introduction Dairy cows require a rest period between lactations. The udder and the digestive tract especially benefit from rest during the dry period. The dry period is actually the beginning of the...
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