June 8 2022
Clinical mastitis continues to be the number one health problem identified by dairy producers. It affects 25% of all U.S. dairy cows
June 8 2022
High-forage diets for dairy cattle are becoming more popular due to the cost-effectiveness of homegrown forages and potential benefits on milk components
May 10 2022
Farmers make many critical decisions prior to, during, and after harvesting forages. These decisions directly impact how well forage will ferment and be preserved for future feedout
May 10 2022
Most dairy farms today collect data by which they attempt to make informed decisions about how to manage their herds
April 18 2022
More and more I get questions about the proper chop length for silages and what is a desirable particle distribution for a total mixed ration (TMR) when using the Penn State Particle Separator
April 18 2022
After being vaccinated, have you ever felt feverish and tired? Have you sprained your ankle and experienced swelling, or was your ankle even warm to the touch?
April 10 2022
A cliché is an overused word or phrase that can deviate from or even betray the word’s intended meaning. In some cases, clichés are used so frequently that they become unnoticeable...
March 30 2022
Dairy producers are well aware of what milk fever does to a cow. Muscle weakness and recumbency are the most visible signs, and if the condition is left untreated, it can lead to death
March 30 2022
Homegrown forages are vital ingredients in dairy diets with corn silage being one of the anchors in rations for dairy cows. High-quality corn silage not only supplies energy for maintenance
Feb. 9 2022
Right now, you are likely experiencing sticker shock from looking at nitrogen fertilizer prices in late 2021 compared to the prior year
Feb. 9 2022
A relatively new trend in calf raising is feeding transition milk to calves in early life. Dairy producers have long understood the importance of quickly providing newborn calves with colostrum
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