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AUGUST 2013 VOLUME 94 NO. 8 FEATURES & COLUMNS HERD HEALTH The focus is herd health at Hidden Valley Dairy Read by large-herd dairy producers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. 8 By David Jones SUSTAINABILITY Ballard Dairy & Cheese: Energy effi ciency benefi ts dairy, environment Unilever plant puts corporate plan into local action 12 14 CONVERSATIONS Ask your staff to help close profi t drains 16 CSI-DAIRY (EPISODE I) Boosting transition cow immunity, health 17 CSI-DAIRY (EPISODE II) MLV vaccines and abortion concerns 20 DAIRY COACH Night shift premiums: To pay or not to pay? 22 By DBC Staff By David Greene By Dr. Joel Pankowski By Greg Edwards, DVM By Tom Wall SUCCESS STRATEGIES The fi ve factors guaranteed to impact your future 2 6 DAIRY MANAGEMENT & THE LAW Know your state’s agritourism liability law ABOUT THE COVER For the father-and-son team of Mike and Trevor Nutcher, observation is key to identifying potential herd health issues before they become problems affecting the bottom line at Hidden Valley Dairy, their 1,350-cow dairy near Modesto, Calif. The benefits include healthier cows and less labor and treatment costs. 27 By John Ellsworth By Attorney Colleen Holland Cover photo by David Jones DEPARTMENTS Around the kitchen table REGIONAL INSERT California/Arizona DairyBusiness A monthly regional news and advertising insert for producers in California and Arizona. The insert is available digitally online to all DairyBusiness West readers at MANAGEMENT 4b, whey increases possible; California Dairy Future Task Force Western Pulse By Bob Charley, Ph.D. 4 August 2013 DAIRYBUSINESSWEST NDHIA 24 Advertisers Index CA1 CA6 By Kayla Jentz FORAGES Optimize forage quality to maximize dairy profi tability 23 33 @DairyCarrie 34 Washington dairy: An industry’s impact By Dave Natzke INDUSTRY Science fi ction or precision dairy farming? 6 The nature of relationship building: A twenty-something’s perspective By David Jones CA7 Working to ensure accuracy in DHI milk ELISA sample results – Monitoring lab performance I’m a ‘shill’: Make your message personal By Carrie Mess
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