East Central/Select Sires Blog

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.” ...

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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
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. ...