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Articles By Rick Lundquist

Dec 18, 2014

Think Spring—and Heat Stress

It’s not too early to start thinking about gearing up for heat abatement strategies. It’s winter, but it’s not too early to start gearing up for heat abatement strategies. We conducted a study with Elanco last August to monitor internal body temperatures in cows. Elanco provided and installed Thermochron temperature
Nov 06, 2014

Dry Cows: Fat ‘n’ Happy vs. Lean ‘n’ Mean

Here’s the bottom line from a dairy nutritionist on feeding your dry cows. By Rick Lundquist, Ph.D. So, here’s my grossly oversimplified analogy of a complex biochemical and physiological process. You’re lying around, eating and drinking as much as you want – no stress, fat and happy, when suddenly someone
Sep 10, 2014

Keep Feeders Motivated

Your feeders have much more responsibility than employees at an ice cream shop. They handle potentially millions of dollars worth of feed, operate equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and influence the health and production of millions of dollars worth of cattle.
Aug 28, 2014

Keep Feeders Informed, Involved, Motivated

They handle millions of dollars in feed, equipment and cattle. Proper training and protocols are imperative. By Rick Lundquist Besides my dairy consulting practice, I’m also in the retail ice cream business. Most of our employees are high school and college kids. They are one of our greatest assets. They
Jul 24, 2014

Night Feeding During Hot Weather Can Cause Slug Feeding

A cow’s body clock dictates her milk production, components and how she eats. I once worked with a dairyman who would force his cows up several times during the day and night to come to the feed bunk and eat. He knew that more feed intake meant more milk. But
Jun 12, 2014

Do Everything You Can to Reduce Heat Stress

Why you can’t allow a cow’s body temperature to rise above the critical point at any time of the day or night. By Rick Lundquist, Ph.D. My clients have come a long way with heat abatement in recent years. It’s paid dividends in sustained milk production during the summer. I
Feb 24, 2014

Nutrition: Improve Accuracy of TMR Mixes

Regular monitoring and maintenance critical to TMR mixer performance.
Dec 30, 2013

Vitamin E: What's the Requirement?

Inconclusive research leads to expensive guessing. Vitamin E can be one of the most expensive supplements in our rations, and in my opinion, we don’t know the cow’s requirement. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and is supplemented to reduce oxidative stress in tissues caused when reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulate.
Oct 30, 2013

Nutrition: Shredlage - What We Learned

The suggested roll settings on shredlage units are only starting points.