Feeding for designer manure?

Macro minerals must be fed at appropriate levels to optimize animal production and health. Overfeeding leads to increased excretion in feces and urine, and over-application can lead to excessive concentrations in soils which impact crop production. In a paper (Impact of Macro Mineral Nutrition (Na, K, Mg, Ca) of Dairy Cows on Nutrient Excretion) presented at the 2014 Idaho Nutrient Management Conference, University of Idaho Extension dairy specialist Rick Norell and fellow researcher Mireille Chahine discuss nutrient balance studies for evaluating mineral excretion, methods for estimating excretion on farms, and procedures for managing nutrient excretion on farms. FULL STORY »

Effect of monensin in lactating dairy cow diets

The objective of this study was to determine the effects of monensin (M) supplementation on lactation performance of dairy cows fed diets of either reduced (RS) or normal (NS) starch concentrations as total mixed rations. FULL STORY »

Milk quality from cows fed DDGS

The results of this study indicate that feeding of DDGS to lactating dairy cows, under controlled conditions, does not have negative effects on milk oxidative stability or flavor. However, feeding 25% DDGS did negatively impact milk production and changed milk fatty acid profile. FULL STORY »

Fresh milk fat to protein ratio used to identify ketosis

Subclinical ketosis affects 26 to 55 percent of dairy cows and is conservatively estimated to cost dairy producers $78 per case. FULL STORY »

Give precision-fed heifers adequate bunk space

Adequate feed bunk space for heifers is important in any group-housed heifer facility, and even more so when managing heifers in a precision-feeding system. Jud Heinrichs, dairy science professor at Penn State University, recommends heifers in a precision-feeding program be given 14 to 24 inches of bunk space as they progress from 4 months of age to pre-calving or 22 months of age. FULL STORY »

Study examines milk replacer carbohydrate sources

Research from the University of Georgia looks at the effect of milk replacers formulated with alternative carbohydrate sources on calf health and performance. The findings were published in The Professional Animal Scientist. FULL STORY »

Canola meal shines again

Canola meal may be a better deal than many people think. FULL STORY »

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 »

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