Jan. 14 2022
Alfalfa is known for its high nutritional value, and that makes it a valued forage source. However, alfalfa is often hindered nutritionally because of the indigestible lignin components
Jan. 14 2022
The long awaited publication of the eighth edition of Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) includes a chapter on calf nutrition
Jan. 14 2022
When temperatures are between 59°F and 82°F, a dairy calf can manage and control its body temperature with relative ease. “They are generating metabolic body heat and have normal exchange...
Jan. 5 2022
deciding when and how a dairy cow departs the farm is different on every operation
Jan. 1 2022
Scours is one of the most common calfhood illnesses, and it remains a widespread issue on farms. According to the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association’s Gold Standards, farms should aim for less than...
Jan. 1 2022
Carbohydrates often make up 60% or more of the ration dry matter and provide 70% to 80% of the cow’s energy needs
Dec. 14 2021
Nutritionists rightly focus on ration formulation, but the best ones understand that management expertise and cow comfort can make or break a ration
Dec. 14 2021
A new bug is gaining ground on our farms. This summer, two questions became commonplace from many of the farmers whom we work with in the Northeast
Oct. 10 2021
The analysis of milk flow dynamics can provide valuable information for improving both milking efficiency and udder health. Among the numerous measures of milk flow, bimodality has been used extensive
Sept. 23 2021
Compared to our beloved dairy cows, I rarely give compliments to the other large animals — the equines — that our vet team commonly encounters in our daily travels
Sept. 23 2021
In May, the U.S. dairy herd expanded to its highest level in 27 years, climbing to over 9.5 million head
Sept. 23 2021
Food safety is a major concern for the consumer. As veterinarians, we prescribe and dispense most medicines, and we have a responsibility to ensure that our farmer clients and their employees the correct...
Sept. 10 2021
Feed efficiency has become a common measurement reported in research journals. Not only is it an economic measure on dairy farms, but it has become part of our genetic base in selecting bull semen
Sept. 2 2021
Whether exercising, practicing your sport, or sighting in your rifle, repetition equates to power. We know this based upon experience. In exercising, repetitions build strength over time
Aug. 15 2021
The newest of the nation’s six major dairy research centers is the California Dairy Innovation Center (CDIC)
July 12 2021
Research by the USDA Agricultural Research Service at its station in Idaho found higher crop yields where livestock manure had previously been applied
July 12 2021
Detection of hyperketonemia, more commonly referred to as subclinical and clinical ketosis, has progressed greatly in the last decade
July 12 2021
The Midwest Dairy Food Research Center (MDFRC) is one of six centers across the country that focuses on dairy research. Powered by researchers and the universities that back them
June 15 2021
The U.S. doesn’t export a lot of cheese, relative to other products,” said John Lucey, the director for the Center for Dairy Research (CDR). “For instance, more than 50% of milk powders...
June 10 2021
A majority of producers in the most recent National Animal Health Inspection Service (NAHMS) survey indicated that they provide heifer calves with 2 quarts or more of colostrum after the initial feeding