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Processing and storing silage to increase nutritional value

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Dann Bolinger   
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 09:59

silage pile

From the moment you plant your carefully selected seed for silage, every step you take to manage the crop impacts its potential nutritional value. Steps taken during harvest and processing significantly affect overall silage quality and feed value. Below are some factors that can help you maximize the nutritional value of your silage.

 

Uncomplicating hypocalcemia nutrition solutions

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Elliot Block and Neil Michael   
Monday, 20 July 2015 12:41

Dairy cows grazing in pasture

The cost of clinical and subclinical hypocalcemia is high – as numerous research studies and producer experiences prove. Thus, as with any disease that has no single cause, it is essential to focus on the risk factors associated with the disease and then reduce those risks to reduce disease incidence and expense.

 

Can supplemental fats increase milk yield and components?

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee   
Thursday, 16 July 2015 11:30

dairy cow eating

Energy supply is an important reason why fatty acids or fats are fed, says Dr. Adam Lock, associate professor, Michigan State University.

 

Heat-challenged cows hate hot, spoiled rations

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Tony Hall, Bob Charley and Renato Schmidt   
Friday, 10 July 2015 08:06

A modern lactating dairy cow produces a high level of metabolic heat because of her high dry matter (DM) intake, efficient rumen fermentation and prolific milk yield. She is, in effect, a fine-tuned bovine athlete with a daily energy turnover up to four times greater than maintenance level.

 

Video: Dairy cattle water consumption management

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 14:13

Watch this video by Maegan Weatherly, a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois, to learn about managing water for dairy cattle. She addresses areas such as cleanliness, dissolved minerals and how best to ensure that there's enough water available for all of your cows.

 

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.

 


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