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July 26 2021
The rumen hosts a complex microbial ecosystem containing many thousands of unique microorganisms (microbes) dynamically interacting with each other that together enable a dairy cow to access energy from...
July 19 2021
Drive-over piles are a common silage storage structure. A well-constructed silage pile can be one of the most economical choices for storing forage
July 12 2021
Consumer acceptance and food choices are shaping world demand for dairy products. Food safety, sustainability, animal welfare 1 are the most important and valuable key drivers, also for new policies
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July 5 2021
As purchased feed costs rise, farms must get as much nutritional value as possible from their homegrown forages
June 28 2021
Dairy cows have the incredible capacity to upcycle recalcitrant plant matter into nutritious milk. They do this with their secret weapon: the dairy cow rumen microbiome
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June 21 2021
There are more microbes in the rumen of a single dairy cow than humans on earth. If you think it’s challenging for all those people to work together, imagine what’s going on in the rumen
June 14 2021
Fly control on a dairy operation can feel like an overwhelming task. There are a number of different areas that need to be treated and maintained to protect your animals, employees, and bottom line
June 7 2021
Endovac-Dairy is a vaccine and is commonly administered several times in the first month of the calf’s life to get the bacterial protection from Endovac
May 31 2021
Labor and raw material shortages are causing chaos across global supply chains. Freight lines are in desperate need of truckers. Costs for steel, lumber, and plastic/petrochemicals are all at all-time...
May 24 2021
Whether fat is of animal origin, a manufactured source of rumen protected fat, whole oil seeds and oil seed products, or corn milling products, the cost of energy is high. But, if you consider the energy...
May 17 2021
While dairy operations will never be completely free of flies, untreated fly infestations can lead to reduced dairy profitability
May 10 2021
Second in a two-part series. Read part one here. In our first article, we described the value of harvesting a plant with a full “gas tank,” or one with readily available root carbohydrates...
May 3 2021
Microbial and non-microbial factors often cause udder tissue stress. When this happens, it results in a loss of tissue functionality and productivity
April 26 2021
Feed prices have increased substantially in recent months. Further complicating the cost situation, the winter storm that blew through Texas froze water pipes and natural gas lines, which created a short-term...
April 19 2021
As a dairy farmer, you know when your farm is hitting on all cylinders: your herd is healthy and the cows are thriving and productive. Of course, you also know when something is misfiring
April 12 2021
Alfalfa growers have heard the downside of harvesting alfalfa too late. After plants have initiated regrowth, there’s a legitimate case for earlier cutting. Alfalfa requires energy in the form of...
April 5 2021
Researchers and scientists had the goal was to define a clear, concise way to measure and compare the water productivity (WP) of meat and milk production and identify opportunities to improve water efficiencies...
March 29 2021
No matter how well we plan and manage our silage programs, challenges arise. Weather, wildlife, and other factors can cause delays in covering our crop or air to be reintroduced to the silo during storage
March 19 2021
Endovac-Dairy is a vaccine and is commonly administered several times in the first month of the calf’s life to get the bacterial protection from Endovac
March 15 2021
What can farmers do to make their operations more sustainable for the future?