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.
Prices obtained, or "discovered," through active negotiations between buyers and sellers are considered to be the fairest for both parties, because they provide the highest selling price and the lowest buying price at any particular point in time. However, the negotiation process can require a substantial investment in time and effort. For this reason, many producers have abandoned negotiated prices and instead rely on other people's transactions to determine the price for a purchase or sale.
We currently know that blocks applied to healthy cows do not negatively affect cow behaviour or milk production. However, properly designed studies that evaluate how blocks should be applied are lacking.
Dairy producers wanting to increase the profit potential of future herds could consider genomic testing to help identify genetically superior heifers that will offer the best return on investment, said an Ohio State University Extension veterinarian.