Growers and dairy producers require high-quality alfalfa forages, which makes timing of harvest critical. It’s important to determine forage quality in the field to optimize harvest timing, especially in the spring.
Dairy nutritionists, industry professionals, veterinarians and producers will hear the latest research of issues concerning the dairy industry, including feed management and behavior at the 2015 4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, June 10 and 11.
Producers who want to use the cover crops they planted last fall as supplemental feed for their livestock may want to may want to harvest these crops quickly before the plants get too mature and the feed quality declines, says a forage expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
Zinpro Corporation recently reached a significant milestone in dairy research, recording its 50th peer-reviewed dairy publication. Titled “Effect of the Ratio of Zinc Amino Acid Complex to Zinc Sulfate on the Performance of Holstein Cows,” the publication was released in the Journal of Dairy Science.
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.
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.