Perspectives Fall 2016 Issue Now Available!

Perspectives Fall 2016 Issue Now Available!

We’re happy to announce the release of the Fall 2016 issue of Perspectives magazine, brought to you by Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition!

This issue is packed with great articles; from in-depth technical pieces to our inspiring feature on Maple Meadow Farm, we continue to bring you the best of dairy farming in the Northeast. Read the digital edition here or sign up to get future updates delivered straight to your inbox.
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Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition Awarded Distinction for Industry Magazine

Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition Awarded Distinction for Industry Magazine

Williston, VT – Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition Inc. (PFN) took home an Award of Distinction for the Fall issue of Perspectives: Dairy Farming in the Northeast magazine from this year’s Communicator Awards. This is the second award in two years that team PFN has received for marketing productions.

Perspectives: Dairy Farming in the Northeast is a trade magazine produced for PFN and is in its 9th issue. Perspectives publishes stories that cover agricultural topics and highlight the farmers that drive the industry. The fall issue featured articles such as “Women of Cabot” by Jenni Flood of Flood Brothers Farm and “Leadership in Food Safety” by Louise H. Calderwood of the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance, touching upon a diverse range of topics that loyal readers have come to expect from the magazine.

From the Communicator Awards website – The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Award of Distinction is presented for projects that exceed industry standards in quality and achievement.

Heat Stress Impacts Dry Cows

Heat Stress Impacts Dry Cows

The impact of summer heat stress on lactating cows is well known. However, less is known about the impact on dry cows. Figure 1 shows monthly average milk production in Florida during the years 2007 to 2010 (bar graphs) and the typical average ambient temperature in Okeechobee, Florida (dashed line). As expected, milk production begins dropping in the spring as ambient temperature rises. However, ambient temperature peaks by July–August but milk production does not begin to rebound until October–November. This delay in production recovery after heat stress is at least partially due to the poor performance of fresh cows in September and October that were dry during the high temperature period of July– August.
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Calf Feeders: Benefits of Gang Feeding

Calf Feeders: Benefits of Gang Feeding

Calf rearing on a dairy farm is one of the most important daily tasks on the farm. Customarily, calves tend to be reared individually in pens and hutches or small calf houses. This system has been historically successful for a couple of different reasons. The first is that it provides time for individual observations for each calf, as well as minimizing the risk of cross contamination between calves, especially in cases when you have an ill calf. It is, however, one of the most labor intensive tasks on the farm.

There are two more recent trends in calf rearing that are now gaining steam. Depending on your personal preference, either may appeal to you. Both have shown positive results in the health and growth of calves, which should pay dividends down the road when these cows come into production. We took a look at both methods and break them down for you here.
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Heat Stress in Cows

Heat Stress in Cows

After the brutally cold, long winter we’ve all just experienced, I don’t think anyone is worried about a little warm weather this summer. Actually, with the rainy and chilly spring, I’m sure most folks are still thinking more about mud and flood season right now. However, this is the time to start thinking about heat stress in your herd and heat abatement techniques that will keep your cows healthy and productive through the hot months ahead. In just a few short months, the full force of summer’s heat and humidity will be upon us, and you’re going to want to be ready.
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Perspectives Podcast 003 – Ownership Transfer of a Farm

Perspectives Podcast 003 – Ownership Transfer of a Farm

In the third episode of the Perspectives Podcast, we talk with Attorney, Mike Wool, about the details of farm ownership transfer, how to avoid unnecessary taxes, as well as many other considerations you should think about when preparing to pass the farm on to the next generation.