Take the Time to Invest in Your Future

Take the Time to Invest in Your Future

Every dairy producer knows that time is a very valuable asset. Dairy farming is a very time sensitive profession and it may seem as if there is never enough time during the day to get everything finished before nightfall. However, it is very important that producers remember to invest a few minutes out of every day to the future of their farm—the calves and heifers. Having a daily routine that includes detailed attention and care for heifers is a practice that is essential to the future success of any operation. Attention to detail is crucial when dairy cattle are under one year of age because they are very vulnerable to diseases that can inhibit their growth. On average, smaller, weaker animals have reduced fertility, have more calving difficulties and produce less milk than cows that were raised strong and healthy. In the long run, time spent observing and caring for calves and heifers will not only increase profits, but will ensure a healthier future for the herd. Important Guidelines to Remember When Caring for Young Calves and Heifers: During the first few hours of life: As soon as the calf is born, make sure it is kept in a dry, well ventilated, clean area that is protected from weather. In the winter, provide a heavy supply of straw bedding so the calf can “nest” in it to keep itself warm. Using calf jackets will also provide extra warmth. Conversely, in the hot summer months, make sure that barns or hutches are well ventilated and that pens are kept clean to better control the fly population. Next, drench the calf’s...

Consistency Leads to Success

Anyone that has played golf has at one time or another hit a good shot comparable to what a professional can do. So what distinguishes the average hacker from the professional? Consistency. The pro golfer has trained their body and mind to reduce the amount of variation that goes into each and every shot. Developing a consistent routine that is effective and repeatable is the key to success and it requires patience, prioritizing, practice and trouble-shooting. Variation in our processes is the enemy of performance. Consistency is the opposite of variation. W. Edwards Deming, one of the early leaders of process control and quality management stated, “If I had to reduce my message to management to just a few words, I’d say it all has to do with reducing variation.” Variation is a statistical measurement and can be derived from frequently measured data. The control chart is the visual tool that is applied to the measures plotted over time to determine whether a process such as feeding, milking, and heat detection is performing as it should. The larger the variation, the more difficult it will be to improve in either the quantity or quality of the end product and thus profitability will be negatively affected. There will always be some amount of variation present, especially in biological systems. What we are aiming to do is separate normal, biological variation from variation that is the result of factors we can control. In many cases, such as butterfat depression from heat stress, we can control variation by providing adequate heat abatement and by providing adequate fiber and balancing for DCAD. We...

Quality is Never an Accident

William A. Foster said “quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” These words reflect the level of excellence that we, at ANC, strive to provide to our customers. Let’s take a closer look at Foster’s statement and apply it to dairy nutrition. “High Intention” is about setting our standards high. This means we understand your goals for production, cow health, reproduction, income over feed cost, etc. and we do all that we can to exceed them. If we aim to just barely meet your goal then we run the risk of falling short. “Sincere effort” is about caring about your wants, needs, and desires and doing our best to make these things happen. We realize that meeting your goals must go further than just understanding them. We have to work hard to help you make them happen. “Intelligent direction” is about using the very best tools and information available to develop the best possible recommendations for you. ANC has a wide variety of tools available to us to help us collect useful data on your farm to evaluate and make useful recommendations. We use cutting edge tools like analytical methods to evaluate forage quality, advanced ration formulation methods, and detailed record analysis to aid us. Another important tool is our ability to watch and observe cow behavior and interpret what the cows are telling us. The data we collect is of limited value until we interpret it and use it to formulate a plan to help you succeed....
Less Scours for Calves on AR-Line Dairy using Calf Power Plus

Less Scours for Calves on AR-Line Dairy using Calf Power Plus

AR-Line Dairy in Bangor, WI has been using Calf Power Plus on their calves since August 2011 and have been very satisfied with the results. “We used to have scours on every calf, but with Calf Power Plus, they have better immunity. Our calves rarely get scours since we’ve used Calf Power Plus and if they do, it only takes two days with shots to get over them.”  – Ranae Holthaus Calf Power Plus with Protimax gives calves the immune system boost they need, containing antibodies, vitamins, and special ingredients such as FOS and Lactobacillus Bacteria to prevent against diseases that calves are exposed to at an early age. Ranae Holthaus works with ANC Independent Consultant Jennifer Clark of Viola, WI....
Cows Rely On ANC Cow Refresher

Cows Rely On ANC Cow Refresher

Randy, Reed and Ranae Holthaus of AR-Line Dairy have been using ANC Cow Refresher on their fresh cows since 2004.  “We don’t ever plan on running out of Cow Refresher. The extra fluids in it are really what the cows need.  They will leave the calf and go straight for the Cow Refresher.” Randy, along with his son Reed and daughter Ranae, milk 320 cows on their family farm in Bangor, WI. ANC Cow Refresher is an easy-to-use water soluble mix containing glucose, calcium, vitamins, trace minerals and electrolytes that fresh cows drink! For more information on Cow Refresher, please contact and ANC Independent Consultant. AR-Line Dairy works with ANC Independent Consultant Jennifer Clark of Viola, WI....