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Planning for Profitability

November 10, 2014 —  Our guest on DairyLine Radio today is Dr. David Kirk, Dairy Technology Manager for Prince Agri Products. Dave, as this year’s harvest wraps up and we approach the end of the season, what steps can dairy producers take to plan for a profitable 2015?

David Kirk: At this point, we’re getting past some of the key challenges that can negatively impact dairy cow health and production during the year – such as summer heat stress and sudden ration changes.

Right now, producers can begin focusing on other key issues – for example, as they complete their new forage analysis, their nutrition consultant can dial in the dry, transition and lactating cow rations to optimize production while maintaining health status.

Current dairy modeling software allows nutritionists to develop precise diets that take full advantage of all available forage and feed products. Quality issues can also be assessed during this time allowing for better overall decisions on final diet composition.

With good planning, changes made now will provide positive benefits to the herd and to the bottom line for months to come. This is particularly important as we approach 2015 with an expectation of lower milk prices.

DairyLine: From a nutritional standpoint, what strategy do you recommend?

David Kirk: When milk prices start to decline, it’s generally a good idea to examine the feed programs to see if there are opportunities to lower cost without compromising nutrition and production. In a down milk price environment, there may be a temptation to cut corners to help preserve profits.

But when it comes to nutrition management, taking shortcuts is not always in a producer’s best interests, given the direct well-documented link between good nutrition and dairy cow health and production. Over the long-term, maintaining a proper feeding strategy is critical in optimizing an overall plan to optimize profit.  A proper feeding strategy may include:

  • A comprehensive plan to grow or purchase the correct types and amounts of forages, grains, and other crops, as well as commodities depending on land resources, or sources available for purchase.
  • It should also include frequent communication and planning between the dairy producer and his nutrition consultant to optimize the diets for productivity, health, and profit.
  • Also, producers should pay close attention to the day-to-day details to accurately mix and deliver all rations to all cows.

Any savings from short-term cutbacks may be offset by reduced milk production and, in many cases, we see issues with reduced reproductive efficiency and other herd health related issues as well. The impact from these types of decisions may cause problems that ultimately cost more to solve than the initial savings provided. 

DairyLine: For our listeners who may not be familiar with Prince’s nutritional specialty product, OmniGen-AF, what role does it play in supporting herd health and productivity? 

David Kirk: Dairy cows face many sources of stress year-round, both expected and unexpected, that can weaken their immune system, leaving them more susceptible to health issues. OmniGen-AF is recommended to be fed to all dry, pre-fresh and lactating cows to help support normal immune function.

Research has demonstrated that continual use of this product may help result in fewer health events, a lower somatic cell count and fewer cases of profit-robbing diseases and infections, such as mastitis and metritis. This, in turn, may lead to higher milk production and fewer unplanned culls. 

DairyLine: We’ve been speaking with Dr. David Kirk, Dairy Technology Manager with Prince Agri Products. Thanks, Dave.

David Kirk: Thank you.



Providing Calcium When Cows Need it Most

November 4, 2014 — Maintaining fresh cows with healthy calcium levels for maximum milk production is key to every dairy producers bottom line. On today’s DairyLine Radio “Vet Visit,”  we hear from Dr. Brent Cousin, professional service veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. He explains the top reasons why using a product like Bovikalc can provide enough calcium to further reduce subclinical hypocalcemia:

The Importance of Using Antibiotics Judiciously

October 14, 2014 — The dairy industry is very committed to delivering a high quality product to market, and always has been. However, consumer demands are changing and they are BIVIbecoming ever more interested in how food is produced. We had a chance to visit recently with Dr. Brian Miller, professional services veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, who tells us why milk culturing is essential when checking and treating for mastitis.


Mindset Shifting With Drug Residues

July 30, 2014 — Dairy consultant Dr. David Rhoda joins us on today’s DairyLine to discuss the shifting mindset regarding drug residues.


U.S. Producers Have Excellent Track Record Preventing Drug Residues

July 16, 2014 — U.S. Dairy producers have an excellent track record preventing drug residues. Retired veterinarian Dr. David Rhoda joined us on today’s DairyLine to tell us more in Headphonesthis PDPW “Your Bottom Line” segment.


Treating Mastitis Judiciously

ToDayJuly 9, 2014 — Dairy producers today are making better mastitis treatment decisions because of the information and technology that is available. Dr. Brent Cousin, professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., explains the importance of how antibiotics should be used when it comes to treating gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria in lactating dairy cows. He tells us how using a convenient, single-day treatment, ToDay saves producers time and money when solving problems related to mastitis.


Reduce Copper Sulfate in Footbaths with HOOF-TEC

June 3, 2014 — Zoetis has added HOOF-TEC™ footbath products to its Dairy Wellness portfolio. For producers looking to reduce copper sulfate use in footbaths, HOOF-TEC footbath products allow them to run more efficient footbaths by reducing copper sulfate use by up to 40%.*

“With fewer footbaths and better management of pH levels, producers can achieve Dairy Wellness from the ground up,” said Jessica Light, DVM, senior veterinarian, Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis. Listen to Dr. Light’s interview on DairyLine Radio:


The HOOF-TEC footbath product line from Zoetis includes a variety of options for flexibility on dairy operations:

  • HOOF-TEC 1000 Footbath Concentrate
  • HOOF-TEC Complete®, an all-in-one footbath solution
  • HOOF-TEC Copper-Shot Topical Spray, a footbath in a bottle
  • HOOF-TEC Organic Footbath Concentrate, OMRI-certified, with the same benefits of HOOF-TEC 1000 Footbath Concentrate
  • HOOF-TEC Organic Topical Spray, OMRI-certified, with the same management options as HOOF-TEC Copper-Shot Topical Spray
  • HOOF-TEC™ Copper-Cutter Dry Mix and HOOF-TEC Copper-Free Dry Mix, powders to replace traditional copper sulfate

“Zoetis is excited to be the first and only animal health company to offer footbath products,” said Mike Layfield, director of dairy marketing at Zoetis. “And the HOOF-TEC product line is just one more opportunity for us to better assist producers in achieving Dairy Wellness.”

To learn more about HOOF-TEC footbath products, contact your veterinarian or Zoetis representative or visit

About Zoetis

Zoetis (zô-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2013, the company generated annual revenue of $4.6 billion. With approximately 9,800 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2014, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 28 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information, visit

Zoetis is the proud sponsor with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the American Veterinary Medical Association of the mobile educational exhibit Animal Connections: Our Journey Together. Families visiting the exhibit will explore the vast bonds between people and animals and learn about the important role veterinarians play in protecting animal and human health. For more information, visit

Countdown to Quality

April 10, 2014 — Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. is working with the Beef Quality Assurance program to provide more cattle producers and veterinarians access to their BQA BIVICertification modules. Dave Korbelik, director of U.S. cattle marketing, explains why its important to sign up before April 15th in this DairyBusiness Podcast.


New Product Watch: Once PMH IN – Intranasal Vaccine

April 3, 2014 — Merck Animal Health recently introduced Once PMH® IN, the only intranasal vaccine to deliver dual bacterial pneumonia protection in healthy beef and dairy cattle,

Dr. Tom Shelton from Merck Animal Health visiting with DairyLine's Bill Baker.

Dr. Tom Shelton from Merck Animal Health visiting with DairyLine’s Bill Baker.

including calves as young as 1 week of age. Once PMH® IN aids in the control of respiratory disease caused by Mannheimia haemolytica and in the prevention of disease caused by Pasteurella multocida – the leading causes of early-onset Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD). Dr. Tom Shelton stopped by the DairyBusiness Radio booth to tell us more.


The Trouble with IV Calcium

BIVIMarch 12, 2014 — Some producers are using intravenous infusions of calcium as a first choice preventative for their fresh cows. Dr. Brent Cousin, with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, explains why this isn’t a good idea unless absolutely necessary.