Research Nuggets

Less could be more for prepartum nutrition

Feeding a controlled-energy diet in the close-up period is a strategy that is gaining currency. FULL STORY »

New spreadsheet tracks heifer growth

Dairy heifer growth curves traditionally have been based on breed standards. FULL STORY »

Canola meal, DDGs offer alternative to soybean meal

Canola meal or by-products of ethanol production (dried distillers grain) may offer an economical alternative to soybean meal in North American dairy rations. FULL STORY »

Prepartum nutritional strategy affects reproductive performance

Negative energy balance during early postpartum is associated with reduced reproductive performance in dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Build management into predictive models

What you, as nutritionist, formulate for your clients' herds is not always what the cows receive. Variability in rations is a big issue. FULL STORY »

Cows are pretty smart creatures!

New research from Penn State University shows that cows adjust their eating behavior — when given a choice — in the face of subacute ruminal acidosis. FULL STORY »

High prevalence of subclinical hypocalcemia found

The health of dairy cows after giving birth plays a big factor in the quantity and quality of the milk the cows produce. FULL STORY »

Variation in nutrients on California dairies

Computer models used in ration formulation assume that nutrients supplied by a ration formulation are the same as the nutrients presented in front of the cow in the final ration. FULL STORY »

SARA and total mixed ration preference in lactating dairy cows

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) is a condition where the pH of the rumen becomes abnormally acidic because of increased and altered production of volatile fatty acids. The objective of this experiment was to determine how a SARA challenge affects total mixed ration selection in dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Boatload of research from Minnesota

The following research summaries were provided by Noah Litherland, assistant professor and dairy cattle extension specialist at the University of Minnesota. FULL STORY »

Ways to maximize feed intake in your clients' herds

Management of nutrition, including feed delivery and bunk space, can be as important as nutritional composition. FULL STORY »

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