Are there leading economic indicators for dairy herd performance?
Motivated dairy managers know that herd records are important. Monitoring the key indicators of individual cow or herd performance can shed light on emerging problems and better informs management decisions. But are we monitoring the right things? Economists for years have used the terminology of leading and lagging indicators to describe factors predicting the direction of the economy. "Leading indicators" are predictive of the future performance whereas "lagging indicators" are historical confirmation of past performance. Proactive dairy managers need to put more focus on monitoring "leading indicators" of performance. A focus on leading indicators positions you to take corrective action before, not after, problems occur. It's not that lagging indicators are bad, it's just that they are too slow. FULL STORY »
What are we learning about precision feeding of dairy heifers?
Much of the recent heifer nutrition research has evaluated precision feeding of highly digestible diets to dairy heifers for improving feed efficiency and reducing manure. Feed represents the largest component of the total cost of heifer production, and it clearly represents the major way to control heifer costs. Diet type and the amount fed can be large factors that affect feed efficiency and are the major aspects that we use in precision-feeding heifers. Ration digestibility is also obviously important. The more digestible the feedstuffs used in the ration, the more efficient the heifer will be. Based on published research for precision-fed dairy Holstein heifers, nutrient specifications as currently understood are as follows. FULL STORY »
Expert Answers - Oct. 18, 2013
Cows produce more milk in a comfortable environment ― it’s one of the things that nutritionists and other consultants have to convince their clients of when making facility changes. What are some of the recommendations for free-stalls? FULL STORY »
Expert Answers - Sept. 20, 2013
Housing factors are as important as the ration itself ― maybe even more so ― in explaining why some cows sail through the transition period and others struggle. Is there one factor that seems to stand out? FULL STORY »
What is a good checklist for improving reproductive efficiency?
What is a good nutritional checklist for improving reproductive efficiency? FULL STORY »
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