Ration Management

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 »

Advice on feeding corn stalks to lactating cows

Corn stalks can be used sparingly in lactation diets, but you need to use caution. FULL STORY »

Youngstock also susceptible to aflatoxin

Consuming excessive aflatoxin levels is detrimental to dairy animals of any age, but clinical signs of toxicity are generally more pronounced in younger animals. FULL STORY »

Webinar looks at forage alternatives

Corn stover and stalks can provide an alternative forage for dairy farms during times when conventional forages are in limited supply. FULL STORY »

Common questions about aflatoxin

Aflatoxin is a concern to many dairy farmers this year. Here are some common questions to help you decide if you have an issue with this dangerous mycotoxin. FULL STORY »

Aflatoxin video on YouTube Play video

Learn several feeding and management strategies for dealing with aflatoxins, all in less than 10 minutes. FULL STORY »

Improving silage piles also protects the environment

By implementing basic management practices, silage leachate and contaminated runoff can be minimized, while feed preservation and quality are maximized. FULL STORY »

5 priorities for fall/winter feeding

Here is the first article in a six-part series on emerging dairy cattle nutrition topics from the DAIReXNET web resource. FULL STORY »

New tool for calculating value of inoculants

Insert information into the Pioneer Inoculant Value Calculator and it evaluates how an inoculant can help your operation. FULL STORY »

Drought has made it important to test for nitrates

A large percentage of nitrates are found in the lower portion of the stalk. If your results confirm that you have high nitrates, raising the cutting height of your corn will help to avoid some of those nitrates in your feed. Allowing the corn silage to ferment for three to four weeks may also allow the nitrate levels to drop, as fermentation causes a decrease in nitrate levels by 25 to 40 percent. FULL STORY »

Using soybeans as forage

This topic is the subject of the fifth and final drought-related video at the University of Illinois Dairy Education's YouTube channel. FULL STORY »

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