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Read advice and tips on dairy nutrition.


DHM webinar with Gordie Jones, “Finding lost milk”

Tune in Tuesday, April 14 for a one-hour webinar with Dr. Gordie Jones and Lindsey Collings and at 2 Eastern (1 Central, Noon Mountain, and 11 Pacific), and moderated by Dairy Herd Management assistant editor Lucas Sjostrom. Novus is sponsoring the program, and through the websinar you can learn more about their C.O.W.S. ® program.


Miner: What is the optimal site for starch digestion?

This topic has been debated by ruminant nutritionists for many years. It’s long been known that ruminally fermentable carbohydrates such as starch drive microbial protein synthesis when balanced with ruminally degradable protein. In addition, starch is fermented in the rumen primarily to the VFA propionate, a key substrate for the synthesis of glucose and milk lactose. Typically 55 to 75% of dietary starch is fermented in the rumen.

Calf and Heifer

Why 1,250 pounds after calving?

Hitting the ideal growth window for breeding and freshening first-calf heifers is discussed by Dr. Jeremy Powell at the University of Arkansas.


Harvesting winter annuals to maximize quality

As spring approaches, it is time to get ready to harvest winter annual forages. These forages can provide high quality forage for use in rations throughout the year when harvested in the correct stage of maturity and stored properly.

Calf and Heifer

Autofeeders: keys to success

Autofeeders present many unique opportunities, but these opportunities don’t happen automatically, according to Ohio veterinarian Gabe Middleton.


A fast start to full speed

Data shows appropriately sized animals bred at 10 to 12 months offer huge opportunities to cut your age to first breeding, while enhancing opportunities for growth and profitability.


How to improve alfalfa with easy five-year planning

Taking the long view of your farm operation can be challenging. Most people have to-do lists full of daily goals and priorities. But it is more rewarding to think about where you want your alfalfa enterprise


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