Research Nuggets

Effects of a propionic acid-based preservative for alfalfa hays

During 2009 and 2010, alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) hays from two cuttings harvested from the same field site were used to evaluate the effects of a propionic acid-based preservative on the storage characteristics and nutritive value of hays stored as large round bales. FULL STORY »

Value of propionic acid preservatives questioned

When it comes to putting up alfalfa hay, you want to capture plants at peak nutritional value. However, weather can be a problem. FULL STORY »

Does dry-period nutrition affect colostrum quality?

To find out, University of Illinois researcher Jim Drackley set out to answer the following questions. FULL STORY »

Looking behind, looking ahead

Research focusing on the feeding and performance of calves and heifers over the past two decades has impacted the way replacements are raised in the United States. FULL STORY »

Good news on the bypass methionine front

Bypass methionine supplements are about a 50:50 mixture of D-methionine and L-methionine. FULL STORY »

Is d-methionine bioavailable to the dairy cow?

Rumen-protected forms of Met contain an equimolar mixture of the d- and l-isomers. FULL STORY »

Phosphorus supplementation may not be necessary for heifers

The phosphorus requirement of a dairy heifer is 0.20 to 0.35 percent of dry matter intake, depending upon bodyweight. FULL STORY »

Avoiding lameness: Another reason to watch body condition scores

Researchers at Cornell University have found an association between body condition score and lameness, which means it is more important than ever to advise your clients on proper body condition — especially in early lactation. FULL STORY »

Effects of temporal feed restriction in dairy cattle

Dairy cows are often overstocked. Some managers are now using “slick bunk” (i.e., feeding for 0 percent orts) management to save on feed costs, but this reduces the time that cows have access to feed. Both practices may increase competition and affect feeding behavior in dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Heifers can succeed on distillers grains

If you’re looking for a high-quality heifer feed with a lower cost than traditional corn and soybean feed grains should consider distillers grains, says Tamilee Nennich, Purdue Extension dairy nutrition specialist. FULL STORY »

Give cows plenty of time to eat

Dairy cows are often overstocked. Some farm managers are now also using ‘slick bunk’ management (feeding to zero refusals) to save on feed costs, but this practice can reduce the time that cows have access to feed. FULL STORY »

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