The Cheshire cat’s question

Alice and the Cheshire cat

One day, Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.“Which road do I take?” she asked.His response was a question: “Where do you want to go?”“I don’t know,” Alice answered.“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.” LEWIS CARROL, ALICE IN WONDERLAND This story of Alice in Wonderland…

Of windmills, wheat, and wasted potential

windmill and wheat

No one knows who first decided to take the sails off a boat, bind them together around an axle, and create a windmill, but they have been around since the Persians (between AD 500 and AD 900). In 1888, Charles F Brush made a wooden windmill that could generate electricity, and as of the end…

Developmental planning and profitability

planning and profitability

“This year, I am 75 c/ℓ behind where I was last year, input costs are up 23 c/ℓ, and my milk price is down 52 c/ℓ compared to this time last year. So, what is it you wanted to talk about?”, to quote farmers from all over the country. It’s at times like these that…

Seasonal cycles of summer versus winter feeding

Boom and bust cycles are a fact of life. Good times give way to tough times. Just when we think we’ve got life figured out, it throws us a curve ball and humbles us once again. Dairying is no different. Whether you are a pasture farmer or a total mixed ration (TMR) farmer, seasonal cycles…

Chromium: A window of opportunity

chromium a window of opportunity

Chromium is rapidly gaining momentum among nutritionists as a mineral that gets more interesting the more we understand about it. A relatively new arrival to the mineral scene, chromium has gained wide recognition for its effect on energy metabolism and its commensurate effect alleviating the disadvantages that stress places on our animals. Evidence of multiple…

Happy, healthy, profitable cows

profitability compass

“Nothing is more effective at dropping feed intake than feeling sick.” – Prof. Lance Baumguard at the 2019 Ruminant Gut Health Conference. Defining the problem Farmer: “Alex, I have a fertility problem. Can you help?”Alex: “Sure, can you define the fertility problem?”Farmer: “Not really, they just aren’t where I feel they should be.” This is…