July 24, 2017

Dairy Cow Body Condition Scoring

Scoring can help identify health problems or her management issues. It’s as easy as standing behind your cow and comparing her to these photos.

January 23, 2017

Save Calves from Scours

It’s a management problem – and solution. Here are the symptoms, treatment and prevention.

December 5, 2016

Transitioning from Confinement to Pastured Dairy – One Farm’s Process

This is the first of a series of articles about the transition to grazing for Jonathan and Maryann Connor of Providence Dairy in Addison, VT. We will cover the farmers’ decision making process, their goals, the planning process, funding, and implementation, along with successes and challenges faced. We look forward to readers’ comments and shared […]

October 17, 2016

How We Transitioned to Be A Grain Free Dairy

We here at Butterworks Farm have long been interested in no grain dairy farming. For the past forty years we have been grain growers as well as hay producers. Cereals (oats, wheat and barley) and row crops like corn and soy have fit neatly into our crop rotation with grasses and legumes. The straw byproduct […]

May 23, 2016

From Grass to Milk – The Whys and Hows of Grassfed Dairy in One Graphic

How can you fit all that about grassfed milk in one picture? Well, it’s a really big graphic… From our friends at Maple Hill Creamery, here’s the story of grass-based dairy starting with the parts of the grasses that make their milk possible, to the grazing system that grows the grass and feeds the cows, […]

January 4, 2016

Stroke Your Calves For Better Weight Gain

Better weight gain for calves, more milk from cows with just 42 minutes spread over 2 weeks. Plus a “how-to” video.

November 16, 2015

A.I. Sires and Online Dating

James Coffelt, owner of Ohio Land and Cattle believes that breeding is simple. “Use the absolute best bulls you can find, and cull the heck out of the cows!” Artificial insemination (AI) is an increasingly popular way for beef producers to access “the best bulls.” However, AI sire selection should involve much more than just […]

October 19, 2015

All Dairy Farmers are Beef Farmers

When Myron Martin realized that all his dairy animals would become beef one day, he decided to take the bull by the horns and make sure they were good beef. Here’s a look at dual purpose cows at Peace Hollow Farm, and what breeds you might consider.

September 21, 2015

A Whole Bunch of Holy Cow Moments

Whether or not you’re a dairy producer, Tom Trantham can tell you a lot about learning from animals and managing pasture. Here he describes how he went from being one of the top 10 dairy producers in South Carolina, to the edge of bankruptcy and back again thanks to learning from his cows.

September 14, 2015

Less Milk But More Money With Soil Health

This video is one of a series from Pennsylvania’s Capital Resource Conservation District exploring improvements in profitability that come with managing for soil health.  Here Justin Geisinger talks about the improvements in his land and his bottom line since converting from confinement dairying to grazing his dairy cows. While it may have cost him in overall milk […]

August 31, 2015

Caring For Your Organic Dairy Cow

“The only certain thing about animal diseases seemed to be man’s inability to prevent or cure most of them. It was not until I had experienced these diseases in my own herd and started at the beginning in my attempt to eliminate and prevent them, instead of accepting the diseases and treating them as inevitable, […]

July 13, 2015

Putting Dairy Cows Out to Pasture: An Environmental Plus

Editors Note: This article was written by Ann Perry, Agricultural Research Service Information Staff, and comes to us from the ARS’ Agricultural Research Magazine. Every year, a hefty dairy cow tucked away in a snug barn produces more than 20,000 pounds of milk, along with an impressive amount of manure and an array of gases. New modeling work […]

July 6, 2015

Estimating Cattle Age With Dentition

Did you know that cattle don’t get all their permanent teeth until they’re 5 years old? The lower front teeth, known as incisors, come in over a period of years, 2 pair at a time, starting with the two center teeth. This means that you can tell the age of your animals by how many […]

May 11, 2015

Need a Great Milking Parlor? Burn Down Your Old One!

No, we’re not serious. Do NOT burn down your barn. BUT, if you’re considering starting your own dairy, or you’re in the market for improving an old one, here are some great suggestions from someone whose barn DID burn down.

March 23, 2015

Moving to Mobile Milking Parlors

There are plenty of reasons not to have a mobile milking parlor, especially if you just lived through winter in the northeast. Open air milking is for the birds when it’s -20 out. But what if it made sense? Because you live in a more temperate climate, or you’ve gone seasonal, or you’ve got a […]

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