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Deep Pack Barns for Cow Comfort and Manure Management

Added January 30, 2012. A deep pack barn system generally consists of a foundation of concrete or hard clay with a layer of gravel and then a bedding pack of straw, hay, sawdust or well-chipped wood shavings. Manure and urine mix into the bedding that remains in place for several months and is generally cleaned out once a year.

A deep pack system is different from a composting pack that is aerated in the barn daily by tiller or turning. As with any type of housing structure, adequate bedding and good milking hygiene help manage the pathogens naturally found in a bedded pack system. For the pros and cons of this system please click here.

· Dry Cows Do Have Memories
Added January 30, 2012. Well they do have a 'biological memory' which can be stimulated by good management practices. The late term pregnancy of a dry cow is a complex biological process that is sensitive and vulnerable to negative challenges. If the challenge is severe enough during the dry period, the dry cow may not be able to biologically recover adequately for a healthy birthing process and lactation performance may be compromised. It is always good for a farmer's bottom-line if the dry cows approach freshening with positive memories. To learn more about the influence of a cow's memory, please click here.

· Supplementation of Organic Dairy Cows; Getting Started
By Jerry Brunetti, Managing Director of AgriDynamics
Added December 5, 2011. MORE >

· Spring Time Challenges for the Grass Farmer:
Homeopathic Remedies
By C. Edgar Sheaffer, VMD
Added February 3, 2011. MORE >

· Raising Calves on Organic Dairy Farms
Added July 17, 2010. On many organic farms there is little difference in approach between the methods used to rear dairy calves and those used on non-organic farms. But there are key differences ... MORE >

· Free Choice Smorgasbord Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation for Livestock
Added May 17, 2010. There’s been a lot of talk over the years about free choice minerals and supplements. Some say yea, some say nay, some swear by it, some swear at it. MORE >

· Educated Cows Eat Weeds
Added June 5, 2010. If you’re tired of spending time and money to manage the same weeds year after year, here’s some good news. The solution may already be grazing in your pasture! Teach them to eat weeds. MORE >

· Properly Preparing the Fresh Cow
Added June 5, 2010. What determines the health of the calf, the birthing process, colostrum quality and the immune reserve of the cow at the time of parturition? Learn more >

· Homeopathy: The Mechanics and Its
Application for the Dairy Farm, Part 2
Added March 8, 2010. The nuts and bolts of actually administering homeopathy remedies. MORE >

· Homeopathy: The Mechanics and Its
Application for the Dairy Farm, Part 1
Added February 1, 2010. Of the therapeutic options available to the organic dairy, homeopathy stands alone in its elegance and simplicity. MORE >

· Johnes Disease
by Dr. Hubert Karreman, Penn Dutch Cow Care. Added November 10, 2009.

· Lameness in Organic Dairy Cattle
By Hubert J Karreman, VMD. Added July 1, 2009.

· Puzzled By PI Spikes?
By Linda Tikofsky, DVM, Quality Milk Production Services. Added May 7, 2009.

· Nutritional Wisdom of the Body: Behavior-Based Management for Animal Well-BeingPresented by Fred Provenza, Acres Conference 2008
Written by Lisa McCrory. Added March 31, 2009.

· Dehorning Dairy Cattle With Genetics?: Looking at the economic advantages with polled dairy cattle??. By Fred Hendricks??. Added January 24, 2009.

· MILK FEVER: “It’s all about internal mineral balance!” By Dr. Richard Holliday
Added January 24, 2009.

· Raising Calves The Old, Modern Way: Learning from the “old” as we go into the future.
By Steffen Schneider. Reprinted with permission from Biodynamics, Winter, 2008
Added January 24, 2009.

· Make Your own Herbal Tinctures! By Harriet Behar. First published in the MOSES Organic Broadcaster, Nov-Dec 2006. Added November, 2008.

· Vaccination of Organic Livestock: Goals and strategies for a first rate vaccination program. By Guy Jodarski, DVM. Added July 21, 2008.

· Ecological Control of Pasture Flies, by Fay Benson, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Added May, 2008.

· Subclinical Mastitis—What You Can’t See CAN Hurt You. By Dr Linda Tikofsky.
Added March 21, 2008.

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