Dec. 15 2010
A major goal of corn silage making is to reduce oxygen and raise acidity rapidly so that lactic acid bacteria grow to stabilize and preserve or "pickle" the silage. Often, people believe that corn silage...
Dec. 15 2010
Bale silage a great option in wet climates. Mastering the fermentation cycle will lead to the best possible product for your herd. A group of farmers and livestock producers gathered at the historic Hereth...
Dec. 15 2010
Little details make all the difference in baleage. Making bale silage is a combination of science and art. Mastering the details will lead to the best possible forage. A good tight bale of hay silage with...
Dec. 13 2010
What's a fair price for standing hay? Many factors must be considered including forage quality and yields, stand life, nutrient costs, and who is doing the work. A written contract can tie it all together....
Dec. 13 2010
The lower milk prices are generally, the harder it is to justify high-priced alfalfa. Having by-product feeds nearby is a key. Dairy hay prices have climbed in recent years as hay acreages have declined....
Dec. 13 2010
Alfalfa has the greatest sensitivity to acid soils of any crop we grow, so managing soil pH is critical. The legume simply will not grow below a soil pH of 6.0, while other field crops are quite happy...
Dec. 13 2010
The Koster tester, microwave, and lab have all been good options to determine dry matters. The food dehydrator might top the list when you factor in ease and consistency of test results. We were able to...
Dec. 13 2010
Animal welfare is their focus Following you will find additional information that ties to the article "Animal welfare is their focus" which appears on page 7 of the January 10, 2011 issue of Hoard's Dairyman....
Dec. 13 2010
Should you plant only one in an effort to feed corn silage of uniform quality each day, or should you plant several hybrids to reduce the impact of a single hybrid performing poorly? Since there's no standard...
Dec. 10 2010
Manure is in it for the "long haul". Manure's advantages go far beyond major nutrients as the organic matter in manure acts as a soil conditioner. It also adds secondary and trace minerals. Before you...
Nov. 15 2010
Staying ahead of crypto. It's common, tough to treat, and can spread to feeders. That "ounce of prevention" is your best bet. There are products that can be added to milk or replacer that will help control...
Nov. 15 2010
As the old saying goes, corn is corn is corn, right? Let's take a closer look.Traditionally, the variation in nutrient composition within dry or high-moisture corns was assumed to be minimal. It was common...
Nov. 12 2010
Click to download this report on Hydrogen Sulfide in Manure Handing Systems
Oct. 25 2010
Here's a look at what it is and why it's important to us. This article is part of a series being prepared in cooperation with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Antimicrobial resistance...
Oct. 25 2010
Making sure your milk or meat does not contain a drug residue must be a high priority. This article is part of a series prepared in cooperation with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Consumers...
Oct. 18 2010
Above all, avoid drug residues. Ship cows in good condition to get top dollar. This article is part of a series being prepared in cooperation with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners
Oct. 18 2010
Key considerations are drug effectiveness, safety for the animal, and safety for the food supply. This article is part of a series being prepared in cooperation with the American Association of Bovine...
Sept. 25 2010
Alfalfa is one of the most important crops grown in North America, with its market value ranked right behind corn and soybeans. Maintaining a high-quality alfalfa stand results in higher yields and enhanced...
Sept. 25 2010
Struggling with how big heifers should be by A. F. Kertz The author is in Dairy Field Technical Services and Research, Milk Specialties Global Animal Nutrition, St. Louis, Mo. Targeted heifer growth has...
Sept. 23 2010
[From A to Z] Sorting through your feed additive choices Here's a look at feed additives and how they might fit your ration and your budget. Feed additives are ingredients added for a non-nutrient role....