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Give precision-fed heifers adequate bunk space

Adequate feed bunk space for heifers is important in any group-housed heifer facility, and even more so when managing heifers in a precision-feeding system. Jud Heinrichs, dairy science professor at Penn State University, recommends heifers in a precision-feeding program be given 14 to 24 inches of bunk space as they progress from 4 months of age to pre-calving or 22 months of age. FULL STORY »

Study examines milk replacer carbohydrate sources

Research from the University of Georgia looks at the effect of milk replacers formulated with alternative carbohydrate sources on calf health and performance. The findings were published in The Professional Animal Scientist. FULL STORY »

2014 dairy forage situation off to better start in most areas

When it comes to forages, U.S. dairy producers are generally in better shape entering 2014 than they were a year ago, based on January USDA monthly and annual Crop Production reports, released Jan. 10. Going forward, a lot will depend on Mother Nature, and how much moisture she provides. FULL STORY »

Study looks at higher-grain diets for young heifers

It’s customary to feed growing heifers high levels of forages and byproduct feeds because these feedstuffs provide an inexpensive source of energy and protein. However, growing heifers digest grains more efficiently than forages. FULL STORY »

What is a good checklist for improving reproductive efficiency?

What is a good nutritional checklist for improving reproductive efficiency? FULL STORY »

Communication heightened when dealing with multi-location clients

It may be necessary to work a little harder on communication when dealing with clients that have more than one farm location. FULL STORY »

Expert Answers - January

During late pregnancy, insulin resistance in adipose tissue contributes to increasing plasma non-esterified fatty acid (NEFA) concentrations. And subsequent oxidation of NEFA by the liver is the cause of decreasing dry matter intake as cows approach calving. FULL STORY »

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