Read advice and tips on dairy nutrition.


Solving the 2016 Forage Challenge

Forages continue to the backbone of most dairy rations. But, the 2015 growing year was not favorable with drought in the western states, wet spring and early summer phase in the Midwest and Eastern region, and a dry late summer and fall in the Midwest. Data from Dr. Mike Rankin provide useful guidelines and considerations when looking ahead to 2016.


The value of amino acid balancing during low milk protein prices

In 2014 the price of butterfat averaged $2.38/lb and protein averaged $3.79/lb in marketing orders based on components. At these component prices, amino acid balancing routinely resulted in a 2:1 to 3:1 return on investment due to increased milk volume and milk protein and fat content and yield.


More thoughts on feeding forage to calves

When, how much and what type of forage should be introduced to calves is a subject of ongoing industry debate. A group of Pennsylvania researchers explain there is not a cut-and-dried answer to this issue. Both the starter grain formulation, and the type and form of forage fed, will influence the best timing and outcomes of introducing forages to calves. The key factor is to prevent development of ruminal acidosis, which can occur in young calves just like cows.

Calf and Heifer

Dairy steer nutrition comparison

University of Michigan Extension educator Frank Wardynski compares the economics of raising dairy steer calves on three different preweaning nutrition programs: conventional, accelerated and early weaning. The most profitable program may surprise you.


Least cost rations can turn into least milk rations

As margins tighten this winter, don’t cut costs so radically that it makes the situation worse, says Tim Swenson, a business consultant with AgStar Financial Services based in Hudson, Wis.


December: Sources & Resources

From apps and websites to factsheets and reports, this month's Dairy Herd Management list of Sources and Resources covers everything from feeding canola meal to calf dehorning.


3-D cameras coming to dairy feedbunks?

Could dairy farmers use 3-D camera technology to monitor feed intake of individual dairy cows? That's the premise behind a study conducted at the University of Kentucky and published in the Journal of Dairy Science.

Calf and Heifer

Tips for feeding added fat

From the archives of his popular “Calf Notes” series, calf expert Jim Quigley discusses the pros and cons of supplementing milk or milk replacer with added fat in the winter.

Whats New in the Lab

Fermentation shrink analysis

A new fermentation shrink prediction provides a shrink measurement, expressed as a percentage of the original DM that went into the silo.


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