Read advice and tips on dairy nutrition.


NAFA publishes 2016 Alfalfa Variety Ratings

The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) released the 2016 edition of its “Alfalfa Variety Ratings – Winter Survival, Fall Dormancy & Pest Resistant Ratings for Alfalfa Varieties.”

Calf and Heifer

Cold weather feeding advice

As the mercury drops, nutritional demands for young calves change. Tracey Erickson, Extension dairy field specialist at South Dakota State University, offers guidelines for boosting nutrients to help provide winter fuel for preweaned calves.

Calf and Heifer

Are you ready for the new Veterinary Feed Directive?

New federal regulations have changed the requirements for the use of some on-farm antibiotics. Jim Salfer, Dairy Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota, discusses details of the updated Veterinary Feed Directive.


‘Canola Meal Feeding Guide’ updated

As livestock nutritionists expand their ration formulation options to develop the best rations possible based on current research and available options, many may have questions about canola meal as a protein ingredient.


Overton: Change transition cow expectations

Dairy producers should change their expectations for transition dairy cow performance and not accept these animals as a high health risk, but rather an opportunity for high milk production, good health and optimal fertility.


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