Get back to the basics of forage analysis

Here's some help for understanding the “what’s and why’s” of basic wet chemistry analysis. FULL STORY »

Keep your calves growing and healthy this winter

There are two main things that should be addressed when preventing cold stress in dairy calves: nutrition and housing. FULL STORY »

Pistachio shells: A hidden danger

Pistachio hulls contaminated with pistachio shells resulted in the death of dairy cows and heifers on three California dairies last month. It's a sober reminder to be vigilant about what is going into your dairy diets. FULL STORY »

How much milk will calves drink?

If left to their own devices, calves will consume a whole lot of milk or milk replacer. Just how much? New York calf and heifer specialist Dr. Sam Leadley investigates. FULL STORY »

Calves need water as much as other nutrients

Without adequate, free-choice water, calves are at risk of altered metabolic function, decreased starter intake and lower weight gain. The Ontario Veal Association provides details and guidelines on the importance of water in calf diets. FULL STORY »

Dial in your heifer rations

Fine-tuning bred heifer rations could be a way to achieve both reduced feed costs and more correctly conditioned heifers. FULL STORY »

Aflatoxin sampling instructions

Aflatoxin is definitely on the radar screen this year. Be aware of potential aflatoxin sources and monitor contamination levels through proper sampling and feed management. FULL STORY »

Snaplage in the dairy ration

Feeding snaplage/earlage has advantages and disadvantages. Producers must carefully evaluate their feeding situations and decide if snaplage is a good fit for their operation. FULL STORY »

Dairy producers – Get your water tested!

Water is the single most important nutrient for dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Mycotoxin contamination: Effects on dairy production

Solutions to mycotoxin issues will be the topic of a South Dakota State University Extension seminar on Nov. 7. FULL STORY »

Advice on feeding corn stalks to dry cows and heifers

General recommendations are to feed corn stalks to dry cows and heifers up to 33 percent of the forage content of the diet. FULL STORY »

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