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Create a Bunker Silo Safety List

With corn silage harvest already underway in parts of the country, New York’s OSHA Work Group offers the following Bunker Silo Safety List to ensure a safe harvest season:


Establishing corn silage value

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.


Alfalfa seeding year management

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.


Can on-farm NIR analysis improve feed management?

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.


Can supplemental cobalt increase nutrient digestibility in dairy cows?

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.


Watch for Cyanobacterial poisoning in livestock

Livestock producers need to watch for blue-green algae because it is toxic to animals, North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock experts warn.


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.


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