Corn silage represents the base of many beef and dairy diets in the Midwest for a number of very good reasons. Properly harvested corn silage is an excellent forage resource that can be used in a number of feeding situations.
By M. Scott Wells, Craig Sheaffer, and Amanda Grey, University of Minnesota Extension
With today's modern varieties capable of yielding 6 to 7 tons per acre and alfalfa hay prices ranging from $195 to $295/ton, there is an incentive to develop management practices that not only improve seeding year management, but also optimize the total revenue stream.
By Mathew M. Haan, Penn State University Extension
Feed cost is one of the largest expenses on dairy farms. In addition to being a major cost, overfeeding, underfeeding or feeding an improperly balanced diet can impair cow health, decrease milk production, and result in negative environmental impacts.
By Jim Isleib, Michigan State University Extension
Growers learned about small grain and forage pea combinations for dairy feed, hay fertilization on a shoestring budget and advantages and challenges of including other annual forages in feed production program.
Different seed companies evaluate genetics in different ways. Starting with designation of days to maturity, continuing with the procedure in sample collection, and especially in lab analysis, every company is different.
Cobalt-lactate is a highly soluble source of Cobalt (Co) in the rumen. Prior research evaluating higher Co feeding rates has been shown to increase ruminal fiber digestion. Feeding high forage rations to late lactation dairy cows to improve income over feed cost could potentially benefit from feeding higher ruminal soluble Co rates to enhance ruminal fiber and nutrient digestibility.
A $10.3 million private-public grant was awarded to a team led by Dr. Filippo Miglior, University of Guelph, and Dr. Paul Stothard, Livestock Gentec at the University of Alberta, who will use the latest genomic approaches and the Growsafe phenotyping platform to collect and assess the required data to carry out the selection at a lower cost.