Plastic Covers and Silage Density: What’s New and Basic in Making Good Silage?
Speaker: Richard Muck, Agricultural Engineer, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison, WI
Packing and covering are key steps to keeping losses low in bunker and pile silos. That's not news, but there are new products to improve either covering or packing. Are they worth it? Richard Muck, an agricultural engineer specializing in silage management at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, will share how some of these products have fared in recent research.
Using Propionic Acid to Preserve More Hay
Speaker: Wayne Coblentz, Research Dairy Scientist/Agronomist, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, Marshfield, WI
Historically, propionic acid-based preservatives for hay have demonstrated effectiveness within research studies, but these studies mostly have relied on small rectangular bales to test various product formulations. Recent studies with large round bales have been disappointing, but other studies utilizing propionic acid-based preservatives on large rectangular bales have produced excellent results. Wayne Coblentz, a dairy scientist with the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, will review research results obtained with a variety of bale types and offer practical advice on when and how to use propionic acid to preserve hay.
Saturday, Oct. 5
Corn Silage Yield Drivers and Profit Robbers
Speaker: Joe Lauer, Extension Agronomist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
World Dairy Expo is recognized as the largest dairy event in the world for producers and industry professionals. Center of the Dairy Universe is the 2013 theme and 70,000 dairy enthusiasts are anticipated to attend Expo which will be held October 1 through October 5 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Schedule details are available at worlddairyexpo.com.