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Robotic rations

Feeding cows in robotically milked herds is not quite as easy as milking them


USDA: Little economic benefit from COOL

In a report required in the 2014 farm bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has said there is “no measurable benefit” to consumers as a result of the mandatory country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) law.


Weekly Outlook: Beef industry travelling to a different drummer this year

The beef industry stands alone in 2015 in its continued reduction in supplies available to consumers. The year of 2014 was a special year for the animal production industries with record high farm level prices for cattle, hogs, broilers, turkeys, milk and eggs. For 2015, a surprisingly fast expansion of poultry, pork and milk production will cause lower prices for those commodities. Beef stands alone in the continuation toward lower production, but prices remain uncertain.


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.


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