Proper nutrition is a key element of any successful dairy operation
Aug. 10 2014
What ration do your cows eat? The ration created on paper often differs from the one that is delivered, consumed and digested. Only when we deliver a consistent ration and cows consume it according to...
March 25 2014
The author has a dairy nutrition consulting business, Paradox Nutrition, LLC, in West Chazy, N.Y. At one time, I was a big advocate of two dry cow groups: a far-off group (60 to 21 days before calving)...
Aug. 10 2013
Review these ten decisions to determine if you can find additional income or reduce expenses on your farm or with your clients. Be a detective and make long-term economic decisions. When profit margins...
June 15 2013
High forage isn't always your best option When inventories are short or forages don't measure up, low-forage diets have merit. When moving to a lower forage diet, you must maintain effective fiber and...
March 25 2013
The goal of a total mixed ration (TMR) is to provide a balanced diet supplying the nutrients necessary for maintenance and growth. However, on farms, the quality of the TMR may vary between days (in relation...
Feb. 10 2013
For good health and high milk yields, cows need to be fed the proper levels of bioavailable minerals. For mineral nutrition, the 2001 Dairy NRC is still the best starting point, but these requirements...
Sept. 10 2012
Total mixed rations (TMRs) have become widely recognized as the optimal way to provide a consistent balance of nutrients. Despite our best efforts in formulating and delivering the ration to cows, though,...
May 10 2012
Growth doesn't stop in her second lactation. When facilities and space allow, most dairy farmers will separate their first-lactation cows from the cows in their second lactation or greater, recognizing...
April 10 2012
The goal of silage face management is to minimize exposure to oxygen. In the presence of oxygen, yeast can metabolize lactic acid (a strong acid that keeps the silage pH low). When pH rises, undesirable...
March 25 2011
How you feed matters, too. It's not just what you feed. TMR audits reveal the bottlenecks to getting consistent intakes and milk production. Avoid overfilling, one of the most common mistakes that keep...
March 25 2011
Keep an eye out for mycotoxin problems. Mycotoxin is a general term for a poison produced by a fungus. Only certain strains of certain fungi produce mycotoxins and only under certain environmental conditions
Dec. 15 2010
Why feeding strategy is so important There seem to be clear benefits to feeding for fewer refusals. The key is consistent intakes. by Bill Stone, D.V.M. The author is a dairy veterinarian and nutritionist...
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....
Aug. 2 2010
How good is your waste milk Don't just assume pasteurization is effective. Make sure calves get the nutrients they need. During an investigation at a large calf ranch, we had the opportunity to look at...
July 30 2010
Position and price determine by-product feed values. By-product feeds (also referred to as co-product feeds) are produced during the production and manufacturing of human and industry products (such as...
July 15 2010
Known to most of you by the brand name, Rumensin, monensin shifts the rumen microbial population in the rumen toward more gram-negative bacteria
April 28 2010
The author is in the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Ketosis is underrecognized on most farms and is associated with several clinical...
April 28 2010
Well fed is still best fed Protein and fat still have value. Don't leave money on the table with low milk components. He previously managed large dairies in California and Hawaii
April 28 2010
Limit feeding heifers . . . What we've learned and what we recommend. After six years of limit-feeding research at Penn State, the system seems to get better with each study. BY GEOFF ZANTON AND JUD HEINRICHS...