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Jul 272018
 

ASM ISSUE: 222 Milk Component Variation Linked To Seasonal Differences

Being relatively new to the dairy industry, I have come to appreciate articles that help me to expand my knowledge. I recently came across an article from Hoard’s Dairyman that talks about milk component variation and how it is linked to seasonal changes. It was a good read, so I thought I’d share it with you.

At the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, Kevin Harvatine of Penn State University said that seasonal differences have a larger role to play in milk variations in comparison to heat stress. He backed the statement with the research he did.

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ASM ISSUE: 223 Evaluating Farm Tech ROI

I have always found robotics fascinating. I understand that it isn’t every producer’s “cup of tea,” but I am awed by how much technology is being used these days in the dairy industry. Farm Journal’s MILK recently shared an article about how one farmer evaluates his return on investment with regard to the use of technology on his farm.

Brian Houin of Homestead Dairy says that the first factor to consider is how the technology will help improve your business. After doing so, one can begin putting dollar values to it to assess if it can give you a return on your investment. He believes that producers have to look at the whole picture when evaluating the usefulness of a device.

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