Ration Management

Miner Institute: Forced to feed newly harvested corn silage?

Corn silage harvest is currently under way for much of the U.S. or just finishing up for those lucky enough to get corn planted early this year. FULL STORY »

New York trial: Tall fescue silage as good as alfalfa silage

Cornell University research has shown that tall fescue silage used in a well-balanced dairy ration can produce as much milk per cow as alfalfa silage. FULL STORY »

Watch your carbs

The California Dairy Newsletter's "ABC’s of Forage Analysis" series continues with a look at nonstructural and nonfibrous carbohydrates. FULL STORY »

A look at silage fermentation

Proper silage fermentation is critical for minimizing losses in forage dry matter. Review the six phases of the fermentation process here. FULL STORY »

Is the grass greener?

Farms utilize pasture to lessen stored forage demand during the spring and summer months, when quantity may be limited. But, how many producers can say they manage pastures to their fullest potential? FULL STORY »

Early season forage supplies

What are the different options to increase early forage produced on your operation? Your approach and priorities will depend on whether you need forage for lactating cows, dry cows, growing heifers or bred heifers. FULL STORY »

Know dry matter when buying or selling feeds

Water in feeds dilutes nutrients that have economic value. A new Dairy Issue Briefs article from The Ohio State University can help you price wet feeds more accurately. FULL STORY »

The 2001 Dairy NRC lives on

Many people still use the 2001 National Research Council (NRC) computer model to evaluate dairy cattle diets. Now there is a new version available for download. FULL STORY »

Want to get better forage quality?

What are the things you need to change in order to improve forage quality or get more forage into the diet, and are you willing to change them? FULL STORY »

Advanced Topics in Feed Management Conference is May 9

The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is hosting a one-day conference examining current topics in the precision feeding of dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

6 silage sampling mistakes

Do you collect silage with your palm down? It could be influencing the accuracy of your forage testing results. Here are some other common mistakes to avoid when collecting and sending corn silage samples for analysis. FULL STORY »

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