By Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota Extension Corn Agronomist
These trials were conducted across southeastern, central, and west-central Minnesota to provide unbiased and replicated information on the performance of numerous silage hybrids for growers and their advisors.
By Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist, University of Minnesota
When selecting hybrids, it is best to choose hybrids that perform well over multiple locations in a region. Consistent performance over multiple locations with different soil and weather conditions is critical because we cannot predict next year's growing conditions. A hybrid that performs well over multiple growing conditions in one year has a high potential for performing well in the same region next year.
Nearly half of all dairy calves raised in the United States are fed a diet of whole milk in the pre-weaned stage. The source of this nutrition is primarily hospital waste milk, salable milk, or a combination of the two.
Less-expensive alternatives for milk proteins in calf milk replacer have long been sought. In many cases these proteins have been found to have lower nutritional value for the calf and a typical recommendation is that only products containing all-milk proteins be fed to calves less than three weeks of age.
At birth, calves are essentially monogastric animals, according to Penn State University professor Jud Heinrichs. Their initial, liquid diets bypass the undeveloped reticulum and rumen, and flow directly into the omasum followed quickly by the abomasum.