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In these challenging times, many farms are being asked to reduce their production. A complete picture of production helps you make informed decisions about feeding, breeding, early dry off, and culling. When adjusting to meet new market conditions, consider the following goals:• Maximize components while lowering milk volume• Improve milk quality by monitoring individual cow…(Read More)

The health of the environment and climate affects few industries as directly as agriculture. From soil health to major weather events, the livelihood of farmers depends on mother nature. While we can’t control the weather, there are many things farmers are doing to address the issue of sustainability. We sat down with two VT…(Read More)

Last week I had the pleasure of traveling to Pennsylvania to visit two of our board members and their farms. Bill Itle of Vale Woods Farms, joined the Pennsylvania DHIA Board of Directors in 1986 and became a Dairy One board member when Pennsylvania DHIA joined Dairy One in 2001. I had the opportunity to…(Read More)

Earlier this fall, one of our Agricultural Consulting Services (ACS) planners, was asked to put together some information for state legislators describing the value of farming in the northeast and the regulatory requirements that must be met to do so. This has great information for consumers unfamiliar with farming in the northeast or farmers&nbsp…(Read More)

Dr. Chris Dutton, VMD Since rolling out our new MUN report earlier this summer, we’ve had some questions on how the information provided can be applied to pasture based or grazing herds. Dr. Chris Dutton, a member of Agricultural Management Resource Support Team, was one of the team members involved with the development of…(Read More)

At the beginning of September, Dairy One employees from our laboratories and Ithaca office visited Sunnyside Farms in Scipio Center, NY to see Dairy One services in action. Sunnyside is a customer of Dairy One on many levels, using our cameras, networks, software support, and DHI testing services. They are also a customer of our…(Read More)

If you haven’t yet made it to the Great New York State Fair this year, be sure to put the Dairy Cow Birthing Center on your list of exhibits to visit. If you’ve already made your trip to the fair and didn’t fit the Dairy Birthing Center in, there’s still time…(Read More)

The transportation and courier system covers about 14 states and is comprised of 25-30 couriers who drive more than 160,000 miles per month. This is the method by which the majority of Dairy One DHIA samples and bulk tank producer payment samples end up at the Dairy One Milk Laboratory every day. Rain…(Read More)

Near Infrared Reflectance spectroscopy, or NIR, is an effective and efficient method of analysis, used most commonly in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries.  In the pharmaceutical world, NIR is used as more of a quality assurance method while in agriculture it is used to analyze the nutrients present in feed and forages. The way it…(Read More)

Dairy farmers are paid for their milk based on volume and quality, which is measured by fat, protein, somatic cell count (SCC), and bacteria presence. When the milk is picked up by the milk truck, a sample is taken from the farm’s bulk tank. These samples are then sent to a lab, like the…(Read More)

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