A $10.3 million private-public grant was awarded to a team led by Dr. Filippo Miglior, University of Guelph, and Dr. Paul Stothard, Livestock Gentec at the University of Alberta, who will use the latest genomic approaches and the Growsafe phenotyping platform to collect and assess the required data to carry out the selection at a lower cost.
By Jennifer Heguy, UCCE Merced & Ed DePeters, UC Davis
Dry matter (DM) is what remains when water (moisture) is removed from a feed. In the example corn silage report, you’ll see DM is listed at 35.9% (for simplicity, we’ll round to 36% DM). Another way to think about the concept of DM is: for every 100 lbs of this corn silage that is fed, 64 lbs of it is water.
Imagine you’re living in a city and working in a cube. The only thing you grow is a house plant, and your only animal interaction is with a cat. To take a break from staring at numbers and sales reports, you take a minute to scroll through Instagram. There, you see a photo of a calf and a kid, and you just can’t help but crack a smile. That night, when you swing past the grocery store to grab cream for your morning coffee, that photo pops back into your head, and you smile again.