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How to determine your dairy’s ‘true’ ration cost

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Mark Linzmeier   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 09:51

dairy feed graphicWith all the moving parts on a dairy farm, many would think that determining ration costs would be a relatively easy endeavor. The industry also has many experienced and knowledgeable nutritionists to assist in this effort.

 

Feeding dairy steers for profitable weight gain

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Frank Wardynski   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 08:28

Dairy steers contribute 15 to 20 percent of the fed beef market in the U.S. The economic variables that affect profitability of feeding Holstein steers from 6 months old to finish are similar to those of feeding beef cattle.

 

Evaluating dairy rations through in vitro fermentation model

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Kamal Mjoun   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:49

In intensive dairy production, feed costs represent up to 60 percent of the total cost of producing milk. Continuous improvement in dairy efficiency is vital to the success of the dairy enterprise. Reliable and rapid feed analyses are therefore required to accurately assess the availability of energy and nutrients of feeds.

 

Moving to a comprehensive TMR quality assurance program

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Paul Dyk   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:53

clipboardTwenty billion dollars. We feed $20 billion of feed to dairy cattle in the U.S. every year. We have highly sophisticated programs that can tell to the milligram how much iodine should be fed.

 

What a campfire can teach us about fiber digestion

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by John Goeser   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:29

Forage will always be an important and key point of dairy nutrition. With constant fluctuation in forage quality crop-to-crop and year-to-year, it can be perplexing to try to determine how cows will respond.

As a supporting consultant working with thousands of dairy consultants, three key questions continue to re-emerge relating to forage quality and change.

 

Step up your cows’ nutrition with precision ration formulation

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Jeff Tikofsky   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:10

Dart boardToday, through advancements in nutritional science, we know more precisely what goes on inside the cow. That gives us the opportunity to manage the smaller pieces of the nutrition puzzle – protein fractions instead of crude protein – and to build a more precise diet to optimize cow health and performance.

 

Accurate characterization of protein ingredients is critical

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Peter Yoder   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 13:56

Increasing nitrogen efficiency and income over feed costs (IOFC) represent goals nutritionists and dairymen alike strive for. In April 2015, the cost of metabolizable protein was $0.64 per pound for the Midwest U.S.

For a cow producing 80 pounds of milk at 3.1 percent milk protein, this represents a nutrient cost of $3.59 per day. The question of whether protein supplementation can be reduced or optimized to improve IOFC should routinely be considered.

 

Idaho nutritionist balances fiber, starch digestibility

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 13:43

Nutritionist Margaret Winsryg, Ph.D., has been a dairy consultant in the western U.S. for the past 25 years. She works for Calibrate Technologies, a decision-making tool providing better insights for starch and fiber digestibility, in a technical support role to dairymen and nutritionists across the country.

 


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