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Dr. Brad Heins, an Associate Professor of Dairy Management at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research Center in Morris, Minnesota, discussed crossbreeding dairy cattle with beef bulls during the March 15, 2019.  

During his presentation Dr. Heins weighed the pros and cons of beef breeds crossing with dairy cattle. 

Originally published in Progressive Dairyman February 11, 2019.

Dairy cows spend 12 to 14 hours a day lying down. Ensuring they have adequate space and comfort for lying leads to healthier, cleaner cows producing higher quality milk. Dairy farmers can achieve this by focusing on goals related to cows, management and comfort:

Originally appeared in Progressive Dairyman January 21, 2019. 

Promoting a surface on which cows want to lie down is about more than just comfort. The bedding material a dairy chooses plays a critical role in preventing mastitis, reducing injury, regulating temperature and fitting into the overall management system.


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