Research Nuggets

Maximized feed intake ― access and consumption

Past research in dairy cattle nutritional management has focused almost exclusively on the nutritive aspects of the diet, resulting in many discoveries and improvements in dairy cow health and production. FULL STORY »

The motivation of dairy cows for access to pasture

Several factors influence whether dairy cattle prefer to be indoors or at pasture, including weather conditions and milk yield, but it is unclear how motivated cows are for access to pasture. FULL STORY »

Consider long straw to address foraging needs of limit-fed heifer

Limit-feeding of heifers offers the potential to reduce cost and improve feed efficiency FULL STORY »

Byproduct feeds can replace corn in the dairy cow’s diet

Byproduct feeds can be used to replace both forages and grain in dairy cattle diets. FULL STORY »

Growing dairy heifers prefer supplementary long straw

The objective of this study was to determine whether limit-fed heifers will choose to consume long particles, rather than short, of a low-nutritive feedstuff to ameliorate rumen function and meet foraging needs. FULL STORY »

It pays to cool dry cows as they approach lactation

When dry cows are cooled with fans and sprinklers during warm weather, they produce more milk in their subsequent lactation, research has shown. FULL STORY »

Estimating DMI in dairy heifers

A recent study conducted by a research team at the University of Wisconsin evaluated dry-matter intake (DMI) in more than 9,000 dairy heifers. FULL STORY »

Right feed bunk design can reduce shrinkage

Lowering feed shrinkage is an economic opportunity for dairies of every size. FULL STORY »

Does cooling improve transition into lactation?

Environmental factors, especially temperature and light exposure, influence the health and productivity of dairy cows during lactation, possibly via similar physiological mechanisms. FULL STORY »

Effect of heat stress during the dry period

Heat stress during the dry period negatively affects hepatic metabolism and cellular immune function during the transition period, and milk production in the subsequent lactation. FULL STORY »

Dried distillers grains are environmentally friendly

Dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) have become an important feed source in recent years. Besides their nutritional value, it appears that they have the potential to mitigate or reduce methane emissions from cows. FULL STORY »

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