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Improving Maternity Management
Minimizing the Risk of Dystocia & Stillbirth - Are your maternity caregivers properly trained to minimize the risks of dystocia and stillbirth? Read this article and learn how to better recognize abnormalities in the labor process and how to successfully intervene if necessary. The process of a cow giving birth to her calf is a critical time for the future health and productivity of the herd. Dairy producers should establish some general guidelines for the movement of their pregnant cows, coupled with timely and proper intervention, to minimize the risk of dystocia and stillbirth in their herds, as explained in the current issue of California Dairy Magazine.
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Class I Milk Price Continues Falling
Increased Milk Production Leads to Lower Prices - American’s are pleased with falling gas prices in recent months; but falling milk prices are not good news to the nation’s top dairy producing state. Yes, February milk prices have continued to fall in all classes as the global supply and demand of milk returns to balance. Class 1 milk prices dropped another $2.41 from January, to a minimum price of $17.08/CWT in Northern California and $17.36/CWT in Southern California. Based on production, that is statewide average price of $17.10/CWT, and $17.23/CWT based on utilization. Dairy producers have not faced that low of a price for Class 1 milk during this time of year since February of 2011, when the minimum price was $16.88/CWT in Northern California and $17.15/CWT in Southern California. Learn current prices for the other milk classes and the contributing factors in the industry by reading this story in the February issue of California Dairy magazine.
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