Iodine plays a key role in dairy cattle energy metabolism and immunity, impacting overall performance. It’s also important to recognize that iodine has potential to be either under or over fortified in diets.
Despite lower feed costs in recent months, declining farm-gate prices for milk will have dairy farm managers sharpening their feed-planning pencils in search of cost-effective rations for 2015. Well-balanced rations are critical to the health and well-being of the cow and the dairy enterprise.
What type of sample bag should be used for silage to be analyzed for yeasts and molds — paper or plastic?
Some forage testing laboratories recommend submitting these samples in paper bags. However, no research supports this recommendation. It may be labs might be recommending paper bags because that’s what they read somewhere or “because we’ve always done it that way.”
Good forage crops place a high demand for potassium on the soil’s nutrient supplying power. Potassium is critical for growing high yield, high quality alfalfa, helping maximize animal performance and profitability.
More than 200 dairy nutritionists and producers attended a transition cow mini-symposium prior to the Cornell Nutrition Conference. The agenda, sponsored by Balchem Animal Nutrition and Health, included in-depth discussions from four professors and industry specialists sharing their research and expertise in transition cow management.
The input costs for growing alfalfa, corn, soybeans, and wheat in Wisconsin are predicted to be mixed in 2015. Crop prices are forecasted to be lower. Fertilizer prices are mixed. Pesticide prices are expected to be slightly higher. Fuel prices should be lower. Seed prices are expected to be stable to lower, according to Ken Barnett, University of Wisconsin-Extension educator emeritus.
“When deciding how much of an input to apply, producers can maximize their investment in that input by considering its marginal rate of return,” said Barnett.