Co-op News > July 2020 >Agricultural > Dairy

Potato Leafhoppers Destroying Alfalfa in Southern WI

Jul 10, 2020

Alfalfa Potato Leafhopper - As the AC units are rolling in full force this week, so is the Potato Leafhoppers development in alfalfa.  In a poll across our area, leafhopper counts have increased well above the economic threshold. Why is this a concern?  

Cow in Sand Bedding

DRP & Driving Production Webinar

Jul 08, 2020

Delivering more dollars & protecting your investment June 30th we hosted a webinar with Dr. Tom Overton (Cornell University) and Jessica Sarbacker (State Bank of Cross Plains) on the Dairy Revenue Protection program and driving components and pounds of solids. 

Calves Need Water

May 02, 2019

Water plays essential roles in hydrating a calf and in rumen development, not only in the summer, but year-round.  Baby calves are on a liquid diet, so it may seem that offering water is not necessary, but that is not true. Offering water separate from milk will increase weight gains by increasing starter intake.  Best practice is to provide calves access to clean, fresh, warm water from the first day of life. However, according to the National Dairy Health Monitoring System (USDA, 2014), the average age of heifers when first offered water in the United States is 17.3 days. The age when first offered water tends to go down as herd size increases (see table), and no category of herd size is (on average) offering water the first day of life.