Shield forage quality
Getting a good seal is unarguably one of the most important things you can do to ensure the quality of forages in bunker silos and drive-over piles.
“After hybrid selection and packing density, it’s the third most important thing you do when you manage a bunker or pile,” says Keith Bolsen, a professor emeritus of ruminant nutrition at Kansas State University. FULL STORY »
A new script unfolds when corn silage replaces some alfalfa hay
Because alfalfa hay has gotten so expensive — even scarce in some locations — many dairy farmers have adjusted their rations. Some are feeding more corn silage. Yet, there may be some unintended consequences with this kind of a switch if you do not pay enough attention to the fermentability of starch and fermentability of fiber in the ration. The “bad actors” inside a cow’s rumen could take on a more significant role if that were to occur. FULL STORY »
Dairy sustainability award winners named
On March 7, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy announced the winners of the inaugural Dairy Sustainability Awards, a program to recognize dairy farms, dairy companies and collaborative partnerships for efforts that advance the sustainability of the dairy industry. FULL STORY »
Is she getting 12 to 14 hours of lying time?
Some of the free-stalls at a 500-cow dairy in upstate New York were in need of repair. Whether it involved loops falling down or loops hanging at an angle, the stalls just couldn’t be used. FULL STORY »
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