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 »

Dairy Focus: Shrink feed shrinkage

Feed costs represent the largest single expense on most dairies. Feed shrink can represent from 5 to 15 percent of the total feed cost on a dairy. FULL STORY »

5 mycotoxin management tips

Due to this year’s ominous drought, many producers are now faced with the challenge of how to feed the 2012 corn and soybean crops to their livestock. FULL STORY »

Be aware of aflatoxin in corn grain, silage

Heat and drought over the summer months created an ideal environment for Aspergillus ear rot to form in corn grain and silage. The disease is caused by a fungus that may produce aflatoxin, which can be harmful to livestock. FULL STORY »

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