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.
As spring approaches, it is time to get ready to harvest winter annual forages. These forages can provide high quality forage for use in rations throughout the year when harvested in the correct stage of maturity and stored properly.
Taking the long view of your farm operation can be challenging. Most people have to-do lists full of daily goals and priorities. But it is more rewarding to think about where you want your alfalfa enterprise