Like begets like

2020-07-22T19:09:46-05:00July 22, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

Generational dairy farms make changes over the years, but Ron Holter has made changes that took the family farm in a new direction.

Holterholm Farms was established in 1889, and until recently, Holter operated the Jefferson, MD, farm like many other dairies – raising crops, milking Holstein cows and producing milk year-round. That changed in 1995 when Holter switched to rotational grazing. (more…)

Flipping out for June Dairy Month

2020-07-22T18:31:34-05:00July 22, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Evelyn Leubner

June is Dairy Month. You may have heard of this campaign. Every summer when June rolls around, I get very excited. Not because school is out, or there is finally nice weather in central New York. Well, I do get excited about that, but not as excited as I do about June Dairy Month. (more…)

Economic cost of respiratory disease in dairy replacement heifers

2020-07-21T12:20:48-05:00July 21, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Katie Navarra

Respiratory disease in replacement heifers is costly. However, farms don’t often realize the full cost of bovine respiratory disease (BRD). During a Dairy Calf & Heifer Association webinar, Kevin Dhuyvetter, Ph.D., a cattle technical consultant for Elanco, detailed both the short-term costs of BRD and the longer-term effects on growth and milk production. (more…)

Farm phone movies

2020-06-12T15:31:58-05:00June 12, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Your smartphone is with you all the time, but you likely ignore one of its functions that could really benefit your farm: recording videos. That’s why MidAtlantic Women In Agriculture presented “Smart Phone Movies,” led by Michele Walfred, communications specialist with University of Delaware. (more…)

Effects of different organic pastures on dairy heifer growth and development

2020-06-05T10:08:04-05:00June 5, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Katie Navarra

Organic producers can find it challenging to raise heifers. On non-organic operations, heifers are typically fed total mixed rations (TMR), a balanced diet that provides all the necessary nutrients. While organic producers can use TMR, organic feed ingredients are costly. Often organic dairy farmers turn to pastures to trim expenses, but grazing tends to produce lower weight gains. However, there are studies indicating that a legume-grass mix can improve weight gain in heifers on pasture-based systems. (more…)

Culturing and types of mastitis

2020-06-05T10:34:06-05:00May 29, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Katie Navarra

Although mastitis results in changes in milk quality, it is not always caused by the same bugs. Mastitis is caused by several pathogen groups gram positive (Streptococcus spp. and Staphylococcus spp), gram negative (E. coli, Klebsiella spp.) and others. Even well-managed herds have some level of mastitis, which decreases milk quality and creates a loss in production and decreases the quality of milk products. Monitoring for and controlling are most important for keeping mastitis cases low, to less than 2% clinical cases on a farm. (more…)

Limiting production on purpose

2020-05-29T15:00:07-05:00May 29, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

Culling and extended milk feeding

by Sally Colby

Dr. Robert Van Saun, Penn State Extension veterinarian, and Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Penn State professor of dairy science, are well-known among dairy farmers and are often featured at events helping dairy farmers learn how to keep cows healthy in order to increase milk production. “We’re making efficient, quality milk, and now we have to face this very unusual challenge,” said Van Saun, adding that dairymen are being told to reduce production by close to 20%. (more…)