Proper nutrition is a key element of any successful dairy operation
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
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 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
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
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
July 12 2021
Detection of hyperketonemia, more commonly referred to as subclinical and clinical ketosis, has progressed greatly in the last decade
April 14 2021
Lists are critical for dairy farms. In the following discussion, we’ll work through a butterfat checklist your dairy can use to evaluate milkfat depression factors prior to the grocery store
July 9 2020
if 2020 had been a package received in the mail, we would like to “return to sender.”
May 25 2020
Proper mixing of dairy rations is one of the key jobs on a dairy farm operation. It is crucial to carefully manage this process
May 10 2020
Covid-19 has turned the dairy industry upside down, threatening the health of family and labor resources, milk prices, and available markets for milk
March 25 2020
The cropping enterprise is an integral component to the success of the dairy enterprise and the whole farm in generating profit. Purchased feed costs are usually monitored regularly by producers
Feb. 25 2020
When filling out an application for a state driver’s license renewal and REAL ID, an applicant needs to ensure that each of the spots on the application are completed
Feb. 10 2020
The 2019 growing season was one of the most challenging seasons many of us have ever seen. Several areas had severe winterkill; spring planting delayed by cool, wet weather; and a short summer with more...
Oct. 25 2019
As new technologies emerge, milking cows robotically continues to gain interest and adoption, but there’s a gap between research and farm level application
Jan. 28 2019
For maximum efficiency, dairy cows must receive each amino acid necessary for high milk production without oversupply of any amino acid beyond its need
Nov. 15 2018
There is growing global demand for grass-fed dairy products. Consumers are becoming more concerned about the origins of food, and grass-fed dairy and organic dairy provide alternative products for consumers