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 »
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 »
Skinny cows: A source of sore feet
Lameness is a huge - if not the single biggest - animal-welfare challenge facing the dairy industry. “Lameness is a really big issue,” says Temple Grandin, well-known Colorado State University animal scientist and animal behavior consultant. FULL STORY »