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Can Dairy Farms Compete for Labor?

We know that dairy farm wages have been climbing rapidly, more so than in most other industries. Depending on the different dairy budgets available, estimated hired labor costs for herds of 200 cows or more vary from $1.80 per cwt. (hundredweight) to $2.30 per cwt. That typically represents 10 to 15 percent of production costs. […]

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Digital Dermatitis is Here to Stay

Dairy producers have been battling digital dermatitis (DD), more commonly known as hairy heel warts, for decades. Digital dermatitis was first discovered in Italy in 1974 and has been detected in herds in the U.S. since the mid-1980s. The disease has been reported on 70 percent of all U.S. dairies and on 95 percent of […]

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Silage Season Safety

With corn silage, you only get one shot to harvest for high quality.  Recognizing there is a tight window of time to get things harvested, one must take the time to harvest in a safe manner. Shortcuts and mistakes can be deadly. In Silage Season Safety: Pre-Season Preparation, UW- Madison Department of Biological Systems Engineering […]

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Extension Mobile App for Pricing Standing Corn Silage

The start of corn silage harvest for 2017 is here. Most corn silage is harvested from late August through early November, when energy, fiber and moisture are at their best, depending on planting date, hybrid variety and growing conditions.   A third to three-quarters of the feed consumed by more than 1.2 million dairy cows in […]

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Corn Silage: Predicting Moisture Level & Harvest

With corn silage, you only get one shot to harvest so it’s important to time it out right. There are several methods you can use to accurately predict the optimal time to harvest silage. In the podcast Corn Silage:  Predicating Harvest & Moisture Level, UW-Extension dairy nutritionist Randy Shaver, corn agronomist Joe Lauer and county […]