Lessons in autofeeding

Now that automated calf feeders have been in place on some U.S. dairies for several years, their users are able to report some of the advantages and pitfalls of the systems. Jennifer Bentley, Extension Dairy Specialist for Iowa State University, shared some important lessons from autofeeder users on a recent webinar. FULL STORY »

Lessons in autofeeding

How are things going for the producers who have adopted automated calf feeders? Read highlights from a recent webinar on the topic from Iowa State University Dairy Extension. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa silage advice

First-cutting alfalfa soon will be ready for silage. Dr. Limin Kung, silage expert from the University of Delaware, offers advice for making a great product. FULL STORY »

Warm weather milk replacer storage

Summer weather calls for extra attention when storing high-value milk replacer. FULL STORY »

Seasonal feeding tips for healthy, hardy calves

About three years ago, Heeg Brothers Dairy participated in a seasonal feeding trial, and they have been feeding calves that way ever since. During the trial, one group was fed a standard “full potential” or “accelerated growth” formulation and the other was fed the new warm weather formulation. FULL STORY »

Changing seasons call for different feeding formulas

Marathon County, Wis., saw record-cold temperatures this past winter, but calf growth rates didn’t skip a beat at Heeg Brothers Dairy in Colby, Wis. Owner Jay Heeg credits the farm’s seasonal feeding approach for maintaining calf gains. FULL STORY »

A modern dairy cow’s guide to balancing pH

If dairy producers could see inside their cows’ rumen, they’d notice the environment can fluctuate throughout the day. In fact, it fluctuates quite frequently and for long periods of time. The time spent below a pH of 6.0 is known as Sub Acute Rumen Acidosis (SARA). FULL STORY »

What does full-potential feeding look like?

Purina Animal Nutrition and Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products Co. invited two special guests to a recent conference for a “live” demonstration. FULL STORY »

Tips to avoid spoiled silage

Silage spoilage represents wasted feed, effort and performance potential. Dr. Limin Kung from the University of Delaware offers advice on how to prevent it. FULL STORY »

Providing supplemental water to calves

Sarah Williams, researcher with the W.H. Miner Institute near Chazy, N.Y., discusses why water is so important to raising healthy, fast-growing calves. FULL STORY »

The skinny on fat

Learn more about the importance of fat in young calves’ diets from the calf nutrition team at Milk Products LLC. FULL STORY »

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