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Reproductive performance challenge: B vitamins to the rescue PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Hélène Leclerc   
Friday, 28 March 2014 09:57

Although milk production has almost doubled during the last 50 years, conception rate did not improve and stayed low. The average conception rate in North America is at 39 percent with pregnancy rate being as low as 15 percent. Reproduction problems represent 18 percent of the culling rate and are stated to be the main reasons for involuntary culling in dairy herds.

 
Fats in the dairy diet PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Lynn Jaynes   

I’ll never forget my gray-haired neighbor Emily, who had grown up during the horrors of World War II in Germany. Emily’s grandmother had taken on the job of raising Emily and her sister, while their father was drafted into the army and their attractive mother was purportedly imprisoned for – how do I put this delicately? – being less than cooperative with a German officer.

 
Transition cows and the red zone PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Lynn Jaynes   

Dag-nabbit, if I can learn dairy nutrition, so can you. You’re not a nutritionist and I’m not a nutritionist, so let’s talk nutrition but on a scale we both understand.

 
Shredlage: Fad or fashion? PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Jim Mattox   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:18

If I had a nickel for every question I get about shredlage, I’d be living the good life by now, lounging on the beach in San Luis Obispo. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way.

Shredlage is a hot topic in the forage industry, especially among dairy farmers. Driving this interest is the economics of being able to feed a higher percentage of corn silage in the ration and gain efficiency in the utilization of digestible fiber.

 
Transition cows: Cover the basics, then optimize nutrition PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Sarah Stocks and Thomas Oelberg   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:51

Successful management of cows through transition is a hot topic among both producers and researchers. Producers know smooth transition means making sure to cover the basics. With the basics covered, the next step is to optimize nutrition.

Nutritional management of cows through transition must start during lactation. It requires a good reproduction program and a nutrition plan to manage body condition gain through late lactation.

 
10 best management practices for prefresh feeding programs PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by David Kirk   
Friday, 21 February 2014 09:48

The transition period before and after calving is a critical time in the cow’s life and the period when she’s most susceptible to disease, so it’s important to prioritize her nutritional and management needs during this time more than any other.

 
Don’t overlook postfresh cow nutrition PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Friday, 21 February 2014 09:39

Nutrition in the postfresh pen may be the true determination of a successful lactation.

Often referred to as the most critical time in a cow’s life, the transition period sets the stage for milk production, reproduction and overall health. While this time frame extends three weeks on either side of calving, the majority of research has focused on the nutritional demands of the prefresh cow.

 
2013 corn crop: Expect the unexpected PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by David Weakley   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:47

Making the switch from old-crop corn silage to new-crop corn silage each year can oftentimes challenge milk production, particularly if the new-crop corn silage hasn’t had enough time to ferment. Depending upon location, some dairy producers may already be faced with feeding the recently harvested 2013 corn crop.
 


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