Give Precision-Fed Heifers Adequate Bunk Space

Talia Goes

Adequate feed bunk space for heifers is important in any group-housed heifer facility, and even more so when managing heifers in a precision-feeding system. Jud Heinrichs, dairy science professor at Penn State University, recommends heifers in a precision-feeding program be given 14 to 24 inches of bunk space as they progress from 4 months of age to pre-calving or 22 …

Agribusiness, Dairy

New Holland’s New Speedrower Line

Jamie Johansen

New Holland Agriculture’s Speedrower Self-Propelled Windrowers was another stop during their First in the Field Media Event. The Speedrower allows for producers to travel faster and increase efficiency. Yet still provides the industry-leading power, control, comfort and performance New Holland customers expect. Integrated IntelliSteer auto-guidance eliminates pass-to-pass overlap. Improved steering control gives for smooth, responsive handling. Hydrostatic transmission allows for …

Audio, Beef, Dairy, Equipment, Hay, New Holland

BigBalers for Big Jobs

Jamie Johansen

Now here is a new toy for all those commercial hay operations, straw contractors and owner-operators shipping world-wide. New Holland Agriculture’s Next Generation BigBaler 330 produces 3’x3′ bales and the BigBaler 340 produces 3’x4′ bales. Provides up to 20% more capacity with up to 5% more density with patented “C” Shaped Shuttle design. Increased baling speeds of 110 bales per …

Audio, Beef, Dairy, Equipment, Hay, New Holland

True Blue Tractor Luxury

Jamie Johansen

The two tractors highlighted during New Holland Agriculture’s First in the Field Media Event included the T5 and T6 series tractors. The new T5 has redefined utility tractor standards for mixed farmers with diversified livestock and crop operations. And the T6 has been further enriched by the addition of Auto Command. T5 Series: – 3.4L F5D Tier 4A emission complaint …

Audio, Beef, Dairy, Equipment, Hay, New Holland

Center-Pivot Discbine Mower-Conditioners

Jamie Johansen

One of the six checkpoints we traveled through during New Holland Agriculture’s First in the Field Media Event was on their new discbines. New Holland has taken discbines to a whole new level with even more durability and functionality with their two new center-pivot models. Discbine 313 and 316 are designed for cleaner cutting, more efficient crop flow and smoother, …

Audio, Beef, Dairy, Dealers, Equipment, Hay, New Holland

Precision Dairy Show

Cindy Zimmerman

Precision farming is not just for crops. This week, the first ever U.S. Precision Dairy Conference and Expo was held in Rochester, Minnesota featuring experts in the field of precision dairy management, as well as producer panels on the topics of robotic milking, automated calf feeders and sensor technology; and various latest precision dairy research abstracts from the US and …

Dairy, Data Collection, technology

USDA Renews Dairy MOU for Sustainability

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today renewed a historic agreement with U.S. dairy producers to accelerate the adoption of innovative waste-to-energy projects and energy efficiency improvements on U.S. dairy farms, both of which help producers diversify revenues and reduce utility expenses on their operations. The pact extends a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009. “Through this renewed commitment, USDA …

Audio, Dairy, sustainability, USDA Profile

Jamie Johansen

Here on we are starting a new series highlighting farmers from across the country who are utilizing precision agriculture. We found our first feature farmer, Steve Maddox, at the National Associations of Farm Broadcasting Convention. Checkout how Steve has increased profitability and sustainability on his California dairy farm. “We have a 9,000 acre farm surrounding our dairy. We have …

Audio, Dairy, Farmers, NAFB, Profiles

SCR Dairy Precision

Chuck Zimmerman

Let me introduce you to SCR Dairy, Inc., Precise Dairy Farming. We’re in a precision world in agriculture and that includes the dairy industry. In the case of SCR Dairy it’s all about cow monitoring systems. Just prior to the recent World Dairy Expo, ag media got a close up look at SCR Dairy via management presentations and a tour …

Agribusiness, Audio, Dairy

New Holland Supports Dairy Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the big “new” things at the 2012 World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin this week is New Holland Agriculture which has made a major multi-year commitment to support the event. New Holland has sponsored a 26,000 square foot Trade Center tent outside the Exhibit Hall to provide room for additional exhibitors and also has a selection of equipment …

Dairy, Equipment, Harvesting, livestock, New Holland, Video