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Genome Alberta, Ontario Genomics Institute team for better feed efficiency

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.


The importance of dry matter: Tips for feeders and dairy producers

Dry matter (DM) is what remains when water (moisture) is removed from a feed. In the example corn silage report, you’ll see DM is listed at 35.9% (for simplicity, we’ll round to 36% DM). Another way to think about the concept of DM is: for every 100 lbs of this corn silage that is fed, 64 lbs of it is water.


Low lignin alfalfa field visits

From a distance, a field of low lignin alfalfa will look similar to a conventional alfalfa field. However, low lignin alfalfa will have more leaves, a dense canopy with higher concentrations of leaves in the lower part of the canopy.


LDA recovery: Consider before you cut

University of Guelph research suggests there may be two key factors associated with a cow's short-term recovery after LDA surgery. Herd managers can use this information to make informed decisions about cows diagnosed with LDA, before proceeding with surgery.


If you use pasture, make a plan

There are six to seven months out of the year when pasture can figure into the feeding management strategy for all animal groups on Pennsylvania dairies. There are numerous benefits to the animal and producer who can incorporate pasture into the ration however there are also some challenges that go along with grazing.

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Do you know why you're feeding a TMR?

Since its inception in the 1950s, the total mixed ration (TMR) is now the most adopted method for feeding high producing, indoor-housed dairy cows in the world. Feeding a TMR helps a dairy cow achieve maximum performance.


When is hay dry enough?

There is a great misconception that once hay is “dry” and baled it is plain and devoid of life. The truth is that hay is never completely dry, and it is full of microscopic life. If the hay is not dry enough, those microscopic life forms can cause major problems. It’s alive.

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Q & A: Effects of feeding spoiled silage

Feeding spoiled silage can have more serious consequences than decreased animal intake and production. It can lead to reproduction problems and impaired herd health. Disposing of the spoiled silage can feel like throwing money away, but it may be the best solution.


Hulless oats as a potential farm-grown feed grain

Oats as a feed grain fill a niche in today’s livestock production systems. Oats have always been a popular grain feed for horses. They are “bulky” and unlikely to cause digestive disturbances. They can be fed to beef and dairy cattle with little processing needed in most cases. Dry rolling or steam rolling increases dry matter intake of oats.


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