The analysis protocol will evaluate digestibility by the cows, rumen digestion efficiency, and other factors that influence the proper formulation of the lower starch dairy cow diet.
‘We have found good agreement between the Fermentrics analysis and actual measured cow response to different types of diet rations in previous research studies conducted at Miner Institute’ Grant said.
Once the research surveys and analysis are complete, an updatable database will be developed for use by Northern New York dairy producers to encourage the best nutrition and economic gains from consistently feeding a less corn, lower starch substitute diet.
When completed, the Economical Substitutes for Corn Grain in NNY Dairy Cattle Rations report and database will be available on the NNYADP website at www.nnyagdev.org.
The NNYADP is a farmer-driven research, technical assistance, and outreach small grants program supporting the diverse agricultural sectors in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The program receives funding support from the New York State Senate.
‘PYP’ call shows strong margins, opportunities
The Center for Dairy Excellence hosted its monthly “Protecting Your Profits” conference call, which documented recent movement in the dairy commodity markets. Alan Zepp, risk management program manager, led the conference call and reported on the current trend toward strong dairy prices.
“With the LGM Dairy sales period coming up next Friday, prices are at historically high levels and margins are well above both the five-year and ten-year average,” said Zepp. “The best case scenario would be that a producer who purchases a LGM policy would pay a 17-cent premium per hundredweight and not receive an indemnity. That would mean we would have a really strong year in dairy, but we don’t know how long prices will hold.”
On the call, Zepp shared updates on both national dairy industry statistics and local milk production trends that were reported in the Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Performance Scorecard. He also discussed the factors influencing the trend toward higher milk prices. Strong export demand, coupled with steady domestic sales, is currently pulling more product out of stocks, while milk production has been slow to grow recently.
“Nobody knows what the coming year will bring. Producers can choose not to use risk management, but at these historically high prices, that might be more of a gamble than actually doing something to protect your price,” Zepp said.
To access a recording of the conference call in a webinar format, visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org/protecting-your-profits/. For more details about the monthly conference call learning series, contact the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about this and other resources from the center can be found at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org.