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Alfalfa seeding year management in Minnesota

With today's modern varieties that are capable of yielding 6 to 7 tons per acre and alfalfa hay prices ranging from 195 to 295 dollars per ton (Dan Martens, Sauk Centre Hay Auction, 2015), there is an incentive to develop management practices that not only improve seeding year management, but also optimize the total revenue stream.


Consider nutritional value when buying hay

"Producers should look at the quality of the feed in storage to ensure they have enough bales to create a balanced ration which meets the nutritional requirements of their cow herd, through each gestational stage and post calving," Gessner said.


Can on-farm NIR analysis improve feed management?

Feed cost is one of the largest expenses on dairy farms. In addition to being a major cost, over feeding, under feeding or feeding an improperly balanced diet can impair cow health, decrease milk production, and result in negative environmental impacts.


Calves with Sam: Biofilms lead to Pseudomonas bacteria

Pseudomonas bacteria were found in very high numbers in the water from a client's sink faucet. This water was being used to mix milk replacer and to feed water to calves.


Eight tips for managing dairy volatility

No industry is immune to volatile swings in prices. Mark Kapsner, Sr. Credit Team Leader, AgStar Financial Services, lists eight strategies to navigate the volatile times.


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