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 »

Scientists map the barley genome

In a major advance that will unlock the benefits of the mapping of the barley genome — one of the world's most important cereal crops — work conducted and supported by the USDA in collaboration with researchers around the world has resulted in the most advanced sequencing of the barley genome to date. 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 »

Lower milking cow feed costs

At the 2012 American Association of Bovine Practitioners’ conference in Montreal in September, Greg Bethard, PhD, spoke to bovine veterinarians about dairy economics, including ways to lower milking cow feed costs. FULL STORY »

Aflatoxin less pervasive than expected

The distinct lack of aflatoxin in Michigan corn is a positive note at the end of a difficult season. FULL STORY »

Podcast delivers silage management advice

Review these key management practices that help maintain the quality of silage during storage and feedout. 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 »

"Tools for Teams" workshop

The program, presented by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, will highlight the use of various whole-farm and team-management tools to help teams improve success. The first workshop will be held on Oct. 30. FULL STORY »

New, expanded DDGS handbook released

"A Guide to Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles" is now available from the U.S. Grains Council. The handbook features new chapters and expanded feeding sections, as well as commonly asked questions about feeding DDGS. FULL STORY »

2012 harvest: Farmers finding more than just aflatoxins

Although Aspergillus, the mold responsible for aflatoxins, has been the most notorious culprit in the 2012 harvest due to its carcinogenic properties, other toxins may show up this year. 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 »

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