It’s no secret that the Dairy Industry has had its challenges in the past few years. Your herd’s health and production greatly affect the money you receive in your milk check. Somatic Cell Count (SCC) is one measurement to be watchful of.
SCC measures the number of cells in a mL of milk. This number gets higher when a cow has an illness or infection being fought off. While milk with low SCC is often rewarded financially, milk with high SCC will sometimes incur penalty fees.
How do you keep your cows healthy? There are lots of ways: nutrition, husbandry practices, and cleanliness. Today we will be focusing on manure management. Keeping cows clean in the barn helps reduce the risk of infection. Cow hygiene is one of the reasons to keep bedding fresh and alleys clean in your barn. Having a complete manure management plan assures your operation knows when to change bedding, run alley scrapers, and where move manure for storage or other uses.
Manure creates the perfect environment for bacteria and pathogens to grow. These organisms can cause infections like staph and mastitis in cattle. Not properly managing manure can result in cows laying and walking in manure – which could turn into an infection. Bedding must be cleaned out and changed frequently so it remains clean and dry.
Automated alley scraper systems an easy way to manage manure in the barn with minimal labor. Program scrapers to run a routine schedule, cleaning the alleys several times a day. There is limited disruption of cow flow. Most systems (including the Patz IntelliChain™) come with safety features to prevent injuring an animal. Scrapers will move manure to a collection pit where it can be pumped out to storage or moved to a solids-liquid separation to be transformed into bedding and liquid manure for spreading on fields.
National Ag Day is today! Ag Day is part of a week-long celebration founded by the Agricultural Council of America (ACA) in 1973. National Ag week runs from March 10 – 16th and focuses on celebrating and creating a better awareness of the role that agriculture plays in our daily lives.
From the clothes we wear to the food we eat, producers work tirelessly to provide for our nation. National Ag Day and National Ag Week help to educate and build awareness of agricultural career choices, food/fiber production, and how ag affects the economy.
Patz is proud to be a part of this industry. We work hard to create products that will keep you up and running. Thank you for letting us be a part of your operation!
Vertical mixers have become increasingly popular in the dairy industry for creating total mixed rations (TMR) efficiently for herds. The beef industry has also recognized the potential of feeding their herds a TMR for better body condition and value. Doing research is critical to get the correct mixer size for your operation.
If you are going to invest in a vertical mixer, it is important to research the extra features and options available. Mixer magnets are highly recommended because they prevent animals from ingesting potentially dangerous metallic items located in feed. Metal items can cause Bovine Traumatic Reticulopericarditis (commonly called Hardware Disease). Hardware disease causes stomach issues, poor appetite, pain, drop in production, and in severe cases, death. Even a minor case of Hardware disease can affect your bottom line. The best method to stop it? Prevention.
That is where mixer magnets come into play. If tramp metal is stopped from entering the animal, you will never have to worry about Hardware Disease. Any loose metallic items present in feed ingredients will be pulled out of the ration while being blended.
At Patz, we know our patented tub-mounted magnet is uniquely the best in the industry. The two-step retention design allows the feed to flow unrestricted while mixing. Feed travels over the slope of each step on the magnet, while metallic items drop into the step corner. Materials stay secured to the magnet throughout the entire mixing process. Our magnet pulls tramp metal out of TMR ingredients while being mixed together.
Protect what matters and get peace of mind by removing metal from the TMR before it leaves the mixer.