Research Nuggets

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 »

When adding hay or straw, chop forage enough to minimize sorting

Penn State research suggests that when low-quality forage is added to the diet to achieve extra chewing or rumination, chopping it fine enough to minimize sorting will help cows to consume the amount of forage desired and still provide physically effective fiber. FULL STORY »

Effects of increasing amounts of corn DDGS with solubles

The objective of this study was to examine the effects of including corn dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) in the diet at the expense of corn and soybean meal on enteric CH4 emissions, ruminal fermentation characteristics, digestion (in sacco and apparent total-tract digestibility), N balance, and milk production of dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Canola meal affirmed

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

Keto-Test appropriate under a range of temperatures

The Keto-Test is an important tool for diagnosing ketosis in dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Heat-stressed cows spend more time standing

A new study by researchers at the University of Arizona and Northwest Missouri State University shows that standing and lying behavior can predict heat stress in cows. FULL STORY »

Feeding canola meal to dairy cows

The objective of this meta-analysis was to determine the effects of the substitution of a protein source by canola meal (CM) on lactational responses (CM minus control) in dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Effect of temperature on performance of milk ketone test strips

Ketosis is estimated to affect 15 percent of early lactation dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Make sure iron levels in water don’t get up to 8 mg/L

At the Cornell Nutrition Conference last October, water-quality expert Dave Beede offered a sneak peek into research on iron concentrations in the drinking water of dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

Does feeding frequency make a difference for wet calves?

Researchers at the University of Minnesota recently completed a study comparing the outcomes of feeding young calves milk replacer (both conventional and accelerated diets) four times a day versus two. FULL STORY »

Preference and drinking behavior of lactating dairy cows

Drinking water can contain high concentrations of Fe, mainly of the ferrous (Fe2+) valence. FULL STORY »

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