Research Nuggets

Buffer blocks provide 'safety net'

A buffer block can significantly reduce the severity of short-term subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA), according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. FULL STORY »

Live yeast culture helps in hot weather

In a February 2007 article titled, "Why heat stress steals milk," the editors of Dairy Herd Management told a producer audience, "Consider adding yeast culture to the diet (under heat-stress conditions). FULL STORY »

Throw out the calcium-to-phosphorus ratio

Virginia Tech researchers have found that dietary phosphorus requirements are independent of calcium requirements. In other words, as long as the diet meets the individual requirements for each mineral, you don't have to worry about matching up phosphorus and calcium in a particular ratio. FULL STORY »

In this case, yeast culture didn't work

In last month's Nutritionist e-Network, we summarized a research experiment from Israel that showed the effectiveness of live yeast supplementation in warm weather. FULL STORY »

New THI threshold is 68

Significant increases in milk-per-cow over the past several decades may force us to modify the temperature-humidity index. FULL STORY »

Fish oil reduces methane emissions

Amid concerns that cows may be contributing to global warming through methane emissions, Irish researchers have found that including fish oil in the diet may cut those emissions by a significant amount. FULL STORY »

New tool for your clients

Many dairy producers want to cut back on feed cost these days. FULL STORY »

Low-starch diets for high-producing cows

What happens to the milk production of high-producing cows when you feed low-starch diets? FULL STORY »

Co-ensiling may extend storage life of wet distillers

Storing wet distillers grains can be problematic because it has a limited shelf-life, especially in warm weather, says Nicole Schmelz, graduate student working with Shawn Donkin in the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. FULL STORY »

Get a tight pack

Preliminary on-farm data show that there can be a huge difference in corn silage density and dry matter loss between the top and bottom of a bunker. FULL STORY »

SARA update

Subacute ruminal acidosis or SARA is damaging to fiber digestion and a cow's milk production potential. FULL STORY »

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