Evolving dry matter measurement brings technology on-farm

Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy has become common terminology as samples are submitted to feedstuff analysis laboratories on a daily basis. New technology brings this information on-farm. FULL STORY »

Fecal starch reveals digestibility

We can now reliably estimate the digestibility of the combined starch sources in a diet with a single measurement that is both inexpensive and quickly analyzed in the lab. FULL STORY »

2014 Midwest haylage quality slumping, variable

The summer of 2014 is going down in the books as an interesting one, including the volatile haylage season. In some cases, this year’s crop started under intense rainfall – making harvest difficult at the ideal plant maturity. Dryer conditions in July followed, but what are the impacts on forage quality? FULL STORY »

World Forage Analysis Superbowl deadline approaching

The World Forage Analysis Superbowl is an exciting contest held each fall at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI. Forage growers enter their highest quality forages in seven different categories to compete for more than $22,000 in cash prizes. FULL STORY »

The starch story: Continually evolving accuracy

Carbohydrates comprise approximately 60% of the total ration. Considering this, do we really understand the full impact of carbohydrate metabolism at cow-level digestion? Clearly not, and we have substantial learning ahead of us. FULL STORY »

New protein digestibility analysis from Cornell University

With new advances, commercial laboratories are now able to provide RUP and intestinal digestibility values for a wide range of feeds and protein supplements. Besides being an effective analysis for quality control testing of ingredients, the values generated will be useful as inputs into CNCPS-based ration balancing programs. FULL STORY »

Sample submission tools break down convenience barriers

Lengthy sample submission paperwork – in addition to the time already forfeited to actually gather feed, forage, fecal or water samples – reduced the sampling process to a lethargic pace. Writing out farm name after farm name becomes daunting and human errors fall into the mix, causing confusion all the way down the line. Luckily, in the last few years, new technology has brought sample analysis submission options into the 21st century. FULL STORY »

Is there a role for IR on the farm?

In the first two parts of this series, Kyle Tasom, Business Development Manager with Dairyland Laboratorie Inc. discussed the effects of moisture, particle size and instrument type on the accuracy of near infrared (NIR) predictions. In the third and final part of this series, he looks at where it may or may not make sense to utilize on-farm NIR. FULL STORY »

Is there a role for NIR on the farm?

In the first part of this series we discussed the basics of how NIR works, how drying and grinding affect the spectral properties of the sample, and what spectral ranges are covered by various NIR instruments that are commercially available. In Part 2, we will look at how these factors affect the accuracy of NIR measurements, and then finish up with Part 3 which will propose some possible use cases for NIR on the farm. FULL STORY »

What's an RCAU, and what does it have to do with forage supplies?

Released Jan. 10, USDA monthly and annual Crop Production reports indicated dairy producers in most areas of the country are in better shape regarding forage supplies than a year ago (see 2014 dairy forage situation off to a better start in most areas). On Jan. 14, USDA released its monthly Feed Outlook report, providing some insights on the demand and cost sides of the hay and forage equation. FULL STORY »

Is there a role for NIR on the farm?

The last five years have illustrated a renewed interest in bringing NIR feed testing technology to the farm. FULL STORY »

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