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 »

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 »

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