Research Nuggets

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 »

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 »

Assess nutrition's role in reproduction

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

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 »

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 »

Beta-carotene supplementation provides some benefits

Beta-carotene functions separately from Vitamin A as an antioxidant and can directly enhance immunity with possible reproduction and udder-health benefits. FULL STORY »

New developments in amino acid formulation

Chuck Schwab, professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire, shared the latest developments in amino acid formulation at the Penn State Nutrition Conference last month. FULL STORY »

Lower-starch diets an option to consider

With high corn prices, people are showing interest in lower-starch diets. But can you feed less starch and maintain a high level of performance? FULL STORY »

When do the alarm bells go off?

It's nice to have some specific cut-points for determining a course of action. Researchers at Cornell University have come up with some for predicting metabolic disorders in fresh cows, decreased reproductive performance and lower milk production. FULL STORY »

Distillers grains OK at 15 percent

It's been a matter of debate over the years how much distillers grain can be used in the ration. FULL STORY »

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