Research Nuggets

Take blood samples for NEFAs after first feeding

Non-estrified fatty acid (NEFA) levels can evaluate the energy status of just-fresh cows. FULL STORY »

Intervention to reduce metabolic inflammation

Last August, we mentioned various nutritional strategies to help curb mastitis in dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Modulation of immune function through nutrition

With an electric guitar, the right modulation will help produce the right notes. Imagine how fine-tuned you are when you help a cow produce the right immune response at the right phase of the lactation cycle. FULL STORY »

Mycotoxins can impact calves

Mycotoxins have been shown to be detrimental to animal health. FULL STORY »

Feeding for a lower carbon footprint

We hear a lot these days about "climate change" and "carbon footprints." Dairy nutritionists might wonder what they can do about this. FULL STORY »

More options for replacing corn in the diet

In this cost-conscious environment, people are considering alternatives to corn as an energy source. Researchers at South Dakota State University have found that dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and soyhulls can be used for that purpose. FULL STORY »

High-producing herds have some things in common

Research published in the February Journal of Dairy Science indicates that the feed management of high-producing dairy herds has a few things in common. FULL STORY »

Account for glucose when cows are heat-stressed

When cows experience heat stress, milk production goes down — everyone knows that. But much of the drop in milk production has to do with physiological factors that are independent of feed intake. FULL STORY »

Assess nutrition's role in reproduction

Dairy cattle reproduction is a multi-faceted challenge for farmers, nutritionists and veterinarians alike. FULL STORY »

McDonald's to study cow flatulence

We don't know how scientific it will be, but the McDonald's fast-food chain is reportedly investigating ways to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cow flatulence. FULL STORY »

Phosphorus in manure may increase with DDGS

Distiller's grains offer new opportunities for dairy producers. However, there is concern over the possibility of increasing the amount of phosphorus that cows excrete in manure. FULL STORY »

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