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Correlating heat stress and nutrition

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Bruno do Amaral   
Monday, 13 April 2015 12:57

In addition to using traditional cooling methods, have you ever given thought to how your cows’ diets could play a role in tackling heat? Recent research suggests certain nutritional strategies can actually help lessen the effects of heat stress.

 

Making the case for rumen-protected amino acids

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Stephen B. Blezinger   
Friday, 10 April 2015 16:04

Seldom does a week go by without the dairyman receiving at least one dairy-related magazine covering nutrition, and more specifically, amino acid (AA) nutrition in the dairy cow. Countless articles and papers have been written the last few years discussing research and practice and the evolving understanding that is updated almost daily.

 

Don’t let mycotoxins intercept your profits

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Nick Adams   
Thursday, 09 April 2015 12:22

silos and silageSince mycotoxins were first identified in the 1960s, there has been an increased focus on contaminated feed due to global trading, increased monitoring and technology, changing agricultural practices, unexpected weather, food safety regulations and mycotoxin interactions.

 

How to troubleshoot low milk fat yields

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee   
Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:14

Even though there has been variation within the marketplace, the overall value of milk components has risen in the past decade. Milk fat and protein are the principal drivers of prices paid to dairy producers. Plus, research shows greater net income from a 5 percent increase in milk fat or protein versus a 5 percent increase in milk yield.

 

Opportunities for savings with less silage shrink

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Dann Bolinger   
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 11:37

cows eating silage

Arguably the single greatest expense in silage production is not land cost, fertilizer, planting, seed, pesticide or even harvest cost – it is silage shrink. With energy values similar to corn grain, the material lost represents some of the highest value nutrients in the feed.

 

The language of nutrition: DCAD (Dietary cation-anion difference)

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Elliot Block   
Monday, 23 March 2015 12:07

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In layman’s terms, what does DCAD mean?


DCAD stands for dietary cation-anion difference. It is a simple calculation of adding together the milliequivalents of dietary cations (sodium + potassium) and subtracting the sum of the milliequivalents of dietary anions (chloride + sulfur).

 

Best On-Farm Fixes: Feed pusher

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Monday, 09 March 2015 13:20

Custom feed pusherPete Maslyn
Dairy Manager, Hemdale Farms
Seneca Castle, New York

Robots may be the method of milking cows at Hemdale Farms, but technology has not replaced old-fashioned creativity and ingenuity. The dairy’s manager, Pete Maslyn, has cleverly crafted an alley scraper into a dual-purpose feed pusher.

 

Survey says mycotoxins could put a dent in milk production

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Max Hawkins   
Thursday, 05 March 2015 15:30

A survey of 59 North American corn silage samples from across the U.S. and Canada from September to November 2014 were tested for mycotoxin contamination through Alltech’s 37+ mycotoxin analysis, finding an average 6.1 mycotoxins per sample.

 


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