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Taste Of Success Has Generated Positive Momentum At This Dairy
Dairy Herd Network | Updated: September 20, 2012 by Luciana Jonkman
Nutrition and Management Consultant Luciana Jonkman shares a success story from a Progressive Dairy Solutions Inc. client. “So, I showed them the differences in cash outlay and feed usability between 10 to 15 percent shrink and 25 percent shrink. The numbers were staggering, and very quickly the dairymen wanted to know how they could avoid these losses. We pulled the harvesters, myself and the dairymen together and made a plan. We decided we would do a lot of things differently”

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Achieving Excellence In Fresh Cow Performance
Dr. Enrique Schcolnik, Matt Budine and Luciana Jonkman for Progressive Dairyman Issue 6 • April 12, 2011
When our industry made the shift from pasture to housing cows in barns about 40 years ago, we had a very dark period of misunderstanding normal transition cow behavior and needs. This misunderstanding contributed significantly to the emergence of diseases such as DAs, ketosis and metritis.

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Questions Dairy Producers Should Ask Their Nutritionist
Matt Budine, presi­dent, Progressive Dairy Solutions, Inc., Oakdale, Calif. He and his team handle more than 200,000 lactating cows. March 2009 Western DairyBusiness
We measure up to 70 different parameters, but each dairyman must determine what are the key drivers for their business. Some focus on milk production, components, energy corrected milk, peak milk production by each individual lactation group, and first service conception rate on the reproduction side. We try to get dairymen to narrow their focus down to 10 or less parameters that they think are the most vi­tal to the success of their dairy. That’s where we place our focus and if there is a problem in another area we troubleshoot that in addition.

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Quality Silage Is More Valuable Than Ever
Lance Whitlock for Progressive Dairyman Issue 11 • July 21, 2011
Dry matter loss means less feed is available to feed. This lost feed must be replaced with other feed. Often this other feed is purchased. If the replacement feed is grown by the dairy, it represents extra cost that wasn’t necessary had there been less dry matter loss. It also may mean the opportunity to sell feed that was lost. Additionally, because the highervalue nutrients were lost, we have to replace them if we want to continue providing the plane of nutrition the cows need to perform at optimal levels.

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The What, Why and How Of Ration Design
Brian Sundberg for Progressive Dairyman Issue 10 • July 1, 2011
Asking these three questions (what, why and how) when it comes to feeding the dairy cow will allow you to do your due diligence to ensure you are feeding your cows as optimally and profitably as you can. Next time you meet with your nutritionist, ask him or her what, why and how.

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Five Key Factors To Create A Culture Of Excellence At Your Dairy
Enrique Schcolnik for Progressive Dairyman Issue 14 • September 22, 2010
Make your people a priority and with them you will be able to create a culture of excellence at your dairy. Remember, “Everything happens through people.”

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Risk Management – Now And Forevermore
Luciana Jonkman and Matt Budine for Progressive Dairyman Progressive Dairyman Issue 14 • September 22, 2011
Risk management is no longer the latest buzzword; it’s a must-do management practice. When times are good is when risk management is done, based on fact and reality. If you wait until you are forced to manage your risk (i.e., your banker mandates it), you may be making emotional and irrational decisions based on fear. Fearbased decisions rarely if ever benefit long-term business success.

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