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Too much, or too little - Managing feed refusals

To ensure constant feed availability and account for feed refusal or weigh back, you must deliver more feed to a pen of dairy cows than those cows will consume. Common recommendations in dairy circles indicate producers should expect 2 to 5 percent feed refusal or weigh back.

Calf and Heifer

Photoperiod may influence heifer performance

Researchers at the University of Kentucky review research that shows young heifers exposed to more hours of light were more feed-efficient; had increased lean-tissue growth; and produced more milk early in their first lactations.

Calf and Heifer

Feeding more milk without scours

Increasing milk feeding volume in cold weather can result in higher scours incidence. New York calf and heifer specialist Sam Leadley discusses how to feed more milk successfully.


Miner Institute: Reduced-lignin alfalfa should have you asking questions

Farm magazines are buzzing with news about reduced lignin alfalfa varieties. Alforex Seeds is marketing two Hi-Gest® varieties for 2015 (one with a fall dormancy rating of 3 which is suitable for Northern regions) and Monsanto planning the sale of HarvXtra™, a glyphosate-resistant alfalfa, for 2016. Where does this new technology fit on your farm? That will depend on how you intend on using reduced lignin alfalfa, and also whether you seed a forage grass with alfalfa.

Animal Health Center

Choosing alternative feedstuffs in a fickle marketplace

Despite lower feed costs in recent months, declining farm-gate prices for milk will have dairy farm managers sharpening their feed-planning pencils in search of cost-effective rations for 2015. Well-balanced rations are critical to the health and well-being of the cow and the dairy enterprise.

Quality Silage

Paper or plastic?

What type of sample bag should be used for silage to be analyzed for yeasts and molds — paper or plastic?
Some forage testing laboratories recommend submitting these samples in paper bags. However, no research supports this recommendation. It may be labs might be recommending paper bags because that’s what they read somewhere or “because we’ve always done it that way.”


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