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  • Calf Nutrition: Time to think beyond protein to amino acid balancing

    Amino acids are the building blocks that make up protein, and the actual nutrients that calves require. However, dairy calf nutrition is behind the curve with respect to embracing precise diet formulation by balancing for these key nutrients. Today, most milk replacers for calves are formulated and scrutinized based only on crude protein (CP) content, a number that doesn’t give us any real measure of the true building blocks the calves need: the amino acids.

  • New colostrum replacer: Premolac® PLUS

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    Calf Solutions, in connection with Zinpro, introduces Premolac® PLUS colostrum replacer for dairy calves. With 152.4 grams of immunoglobulins (IgG), this new product is the highest concentration of IgG per gram of powder compared to other USDA-licensed colostrum replacer powder products for aiding in the treatment of failure of passive transfer.

  • Seven Ways Feed Management Software Improves Total Milk Production

    With 50 percent of dairy production costs tied into feed, conventional wisdom dictates that many dairy operators would look for ways to drive down those costs without sacrificing production — and feed management software accomplishes that.

    When used consistently and effectively, however, it can also drive up production while maintaining or increasing feed costs to create a greater net positive increase/return on investment. It accomplishes this by more closely monitoring/tracking feed use, animal intakes, mixing ratios and chemistries, waste, optimizing pen feeding, and tracking/examining income in relation to feed price.

  • Transforming Dairy Intelligence

    We wax poetic about dairy farming – it’s among the most iconic images of life in North America.

    But let’s not kid ourselves: it is a business. Complex. Unlike other businesses, it’s a 24-hour-a-day exercise in precision and intelligence. Technology solutions have become commonplace to help identify and control those variables, but the “intelligence” from these solutions is often not able to drive a corresponding reaction until hours or days later. And the person collecting the data often has to interpret the data on their own by comparing numerous different spreadsheets.

  • Using Fatty Acid Analysis to Tweak Rations

    Nutritionists and dairy specialists at Provimi North America started using a new bulk tank test to troubleshoot herds that have low milk fat. The technology being used is the analysis of milk fatty acids in bulk tank samples and was developed in a collaborative work between Cornell University and Miner Institute. Combined with other technologies such as analysis of fatty acids in feeds, the fatty acids in milk can help suggest adjustments to the ration and herd management.