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Plan your forage supply for summer grazing

Pasture is the primary source of forage for organic dairies, and organic livestock production regulations require a minimum of 120 days grazing per animal. In the northern U.S., this requirement is typically met by a May to October grazing season, and profitability depends on pastures that provide a season-long supply of high quality forage.


Calves with Sam: "I don't have a brush for that"

We are checking for a source of bacteria contamination of post-pasteurized milk from nursing bottles. Only the very youngest calves are fed with bottles with the remainder learning how to drink from buckets before they are a week old.


Cover crops are viable option for livestock supplemental feed

Producers who want to use the cover crops they planted last fall as supplemental feed for their livestock may want to may want to harvest these crops quickly before the plants get too mature and the feed quality declines, says a forage expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.


JDS ‘Article Collections’ now available

The Journal of Dairy Science® (JDS) announced the availability of four “Article Collections” – compilations of significant papers and research developments within a particular subject area. All papers have been published in the JDS.


Feeding high corn silage diets: Part 2

In part one of this two part series by Michigan State University Extension, the first two keys to success in feeding high corn silage diets were covered: Timeliness of corn silage harvest, and hybrid selection, percent NDF. In part two we will continue with hybrid selection and also cover grouping and feeding, processing considerations, and allowing for breakdown of corn grain in storage.


Supplementing summer silage with spring forage crops

Dairy producers looking to expand their silage supplies this summer have several early silage crop options. The key to deciding which spring forage crop to use is found by considering the current supply. For instance, is summer forage needed to make up for a shortage of corn silage, haylage or both?


Dairy markets: Cheese prices face pressure

In light of current milk supplies (burdensome and could get another growth spurt as the school year ends), cheese export demand (not dead, but very quiet), global cheese prices (lower than U.S.) and cheese imports (down from Q4 but well ahead of Jan./Feb. of 2014), we have to wonder if it will crack the foundation of milk prices during the second half of 2015


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