East Central/Select Sires Blog

A Walk In The Park?

February 4, 2019
By Greg Muchmore, Agrarian Solutions Regional Sales Representative
The first 21 days of a calf’s life is no walk in the park. We all know it’s very important to get high-quality colostrum and/or a colostrum replacer/booster like Immpower® TBC in them as soon as possible.  However, did you know that at best, that calf can only absorb ½ of the IGGs (Immunoglobulins) that can be provided? ...

Breeding: Save Now, Pay Later

February 4, 2019
By Mike Opperman, Dairy Herd Management, Originally published Nov. 2, 2018

When milk prices are low it’s common to look at the expense side of the ledger to make cost cuts. Some of this is warranted, as any business can usually find areas to create less waste and more efficiency. Reproduction is not one of those areas, and the reason is pretty simple. ...

Feeding baby calves in winter

January 8, 2019
By Milk Products Inc., Chilton, Wis.
CHILTON, Wis. — When Old Man Winter and Mother Nature start two-stepping through the short days and long nights of winter, big changes can happen quickly for baby calves. ...

Chance favors the prepared mind

January 2, 2019
By Dr. John Doerr, Ph.D, PAS, Dpl. ACAP, Vice President, Science and Technology
That title is a ‘near’ quote attributed by microbiologists throughout the world to Louis Pasteur.  It simply means that the better you know your subject the better chance you will make worthwhile decisions about it.  For Louis that meant getting the experiments right the first time!  But in today’s world it can also mean just plain being prepared and not getting blind-sided. ...

Prepare calves for an extra chilly winter

December 30, 2018
By Milk Products Inc., Chilton, Wis.
CHILTON, Wis. — Farmer’s Almanac is calling for an extra chilly winter. While you’re breaking out the long johns, stocking caps and gloves, what are you doing to prepare your calves for the coldest time of the year?

“As temperatures dip below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, young calves can experience cold stress,” says Julian (Skip) Olson, DVM, technical services manager for Milk Products. “By planning now, you can help your calves transition to winter with ease.”

Focus on these four areas as you prepare for winter: ...

Mycotoxin awareness -- 2018 harvest challenges

December 6, 2018
By Chad Christensen, Agrarian Solutions Regional Sales Representative
For many, the 2018 harvest created challenges. Above normal rains fell in September in most parts of the country. The window to harvest high quality corn silage at the proper moisture level into the storage structure of choice was cut short in many cases.  Additionally, corn remaining in the field was exposed to excessive moisture that encourages the growth of ear molds. If the fungus is capable of producing mycotoxins, grain may be affected. ...

Dutch Dairy uses technology to take control of cow comfort and health

November 24, 2018
By Peggy Coffeen, Progressive Dairyman Editor
Animal health is not left to chance at Dutch Dairy in Thorp, Wisconsin. With the help of technology, accurate and actionable information aids Sander and Amy Penterman in efficient management.

“Cow comfort is our number one goal,” Sander says. “If a cow is comfortable, she is likely to be healthier.” ...

Click here for the complete article.

Blended-bull semen DOES NOT improve conception rates

November 19, 2018
By J.M. DeJarnette, R.L. Nebel (Ray Nebel), and C.E. Marshall, Select Sires Inc.
We were recently asked about conception rates from blended semen with multiple bulls per straw verses a straw with one bull. A few years back, Select Sires Inc. conducted scientific research on this topic. The published research concluded, “Heterospermic insemination (blended bulls) DOES NOT IMPROVE CONCEPTION RATES compared to homospermic (single bull) use of the same sires.”

Source: TH176 Effects of Heterospermic Insemination on Conception Rates of Lactating Dairy Cattle. J.M. DeJarnette, R.L. Nebel (Ray Nebel), and C.E. Marshall, Select Sires Inc., Plain City, OH; D. Laansma, Northstar Cooperative, East Lansing, MI.

Herdsman on your hip - Part 1

October 30, 2018
By Jim Dickrell, Dairy Herd Management Dairy Editor
"The systems (CowManager) double as virtual skilled labor which pinpoints the time to breed cows and find cows that are sick even before anyone, even a highly skilled herdsman, knows they are sick. That’s critical for small and mid-sized herds when margins are razor thin." -- Dairy Herd Management

Click here to read Michael Johnson's thoughts on CowManager. They milk 600 Holsteins with a rolling herd average of more than 32,000 lb/cow.

Mitigating factors

October 2, 2018
By Dr. John Doerr, Ph.D, PAS, Dpl. ACAP, Vice President, Science and Technology, Agrarian Solutions

Not all calf milk replacers are created equal

September 19, 2018
By Milk Products Inc., Chilton, Wis.
CHILTON, Wis. — You want what’s best for your calves, and a key to that is selecting a milk replacer to meet their needs. Quality nutrition helps calves feel happy and healthy and puts them on a path for a productive life. ...