Ryelage can help stretch feed supplies

Fall-planted rye is a popular cover crop, but Eric Richer, Extension Educator with Ohio State University, notes that it can have useful feed value as well. FULL STORY »

Crop costs conversation: Get the most out of cropping plans

The variety of production systems make it difficult for any one farm to truly know the cost to feed its herd when basing prices solely on the prevailing market. Though analysts do a reasonable job approximating the market costs for feedstuffs like corn silage and alfalfa haylage, actual producer costs can vary greatly within the same state. For this reason, it pays to know the true costs to produce the crops fed on the dairy farm. FULL STORY »

Purina launches HEIFERSMART feeds

The HEIFERSMART Dairy Program is a complete nutrition program for heifers, age 24 weeks through breeding to pre-fresh. FULL STORY »

When it comes to calf feeding, understanding consumption is key

Getting every calf to take off eating starter grain can be a challenging process. Purina Animal Nutrition outlines the basics of consumption. FULL STORY »

Heifers prefer supplemental long straw in limit-feeding programs

Feeding heifers nutrient-dense rations in limited quantities is growing in popularity. Researchers at the University of Guelph recently published a study in the Journal of Dairy Science that evaluated forage supplements to complement these feeding programs. FULL STORY »

What are the best buys in current feedstuffs?

Ohio State University Extension Dairy Management Specialist Normand St-Pierre provides a comprehensive snapshot of current dairy nutrient unit costs and feedstuff prices. FULL STORY »

Study looks at using herbicides to accelerate forage dry down

Herbicide application increased the drying rate of ryegrass and sorghum without reducing nutritional value, but the researchers do have some cautions. FULL STORY »

Study looks at mineral excretion by lactating cows

Accurate estimates of mineral excretion by dairy cows are needed for nutrient management plans. Here is a look at research that shows the importance of knowing the mineral composition of drinking water and assayed mineral concentrations in milk. FULL STORY »

USDA develops phosphorus management tool

A tool developed by USDA scientists can help farmers model phosphorus loss in runoff and determine ways to reduce these losses. 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 »

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