Are you a dairy producer, veterinarian, or consultant interested in learning about the latest innovations in dairy reproductive practices to improve reproductive efficiency and profitability? If so, make plans to attend one of the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Reproducing Profitability Workshop Series this coming November. These solution-oriented workshops will provide you with practical ideas ready to […]Read More
The University of Extension is offering a two day beginner artificial insemination course in English and Spanish November 4‐5, 2013 in Kewaunee, WI. Click on the link below to find the details of this amazing workshop. As this is hands-on space is limited, so sign up soon! Beginning AI Class November 4_5Read More
“Don’t settle for good enough.” That’s the advice that Todd Augustian gives to other dairy producers considering making improvements to their breeding programs. As a recent participant in the UW-Extension Repro Money program, he has been able to take his herd’s reproduction to the next level.Read More
Southern Wisconsin is now in drought conditions that rival those of 1988. These conditions pose challenges for all Wisconsin residents, both urban and rural.
Potential crop losses may prove stressful to cash grain farmers as they struggle to meet commitments, and for livestock farmers who require large amounts of quality feed and forage. Urban residents wonder what to do about their lawns, gardens and trees. Everyone is concerned about heat exhaustion.
While University of Wisconsin-Extension cannot do anything about the rain, there are choices to be made about capturing as much gain as possible from drought-affected acres, making decisions about herd management and knowing how to avoid heat stress.Read More
Definition of Heat Stress: Heat stress or hyperthermia occurs in dairy cows when the metabolic heat produced by the cow in combination with heat from the environment exceeds the cow’s ability to loose heat to the environment. While all mammals can experience heat stress, the temperature threshold at which a lactating dairy cow experiences heat […]Read More
Improving 21-day pregnancy rates from 13 percent to 22 percent could result in a value of $188 per cow per year, or $37,600 for a 200-cow dairy herd, according to Dr. Victor Cabrera, UW-Madison dairy scientist, who spoke on the value of improving reproductive efficiency during last week’s Repro Money workshop in Gillette. Cabrera shared his research on the economic gains of improving a herd’s reproductive performance and the tools he has developed to empower dairy producers to estimate their own potential for increased profitability.
“You know that improving reproductive efficiency will help make you more money, but I would like to share with you the quantification of how much more money you could expect by making some changes to your productive program,” Cabrera said. Over the past few yearsRead More