Aug. 31 2023
The concentration of neutral detergent fiber, hereafter referred to as fiber or NDF, is the major determinant of the digestibility and energy concentration of a feed
July 27 2023
In cattle rations, vitamins play an important role in cattle health, production, reproduction, and more
May 29 2023
More now than ever, milk margins have caused dairy producers to find the most affordable ration available while not sacrificing production
Nov. 14 2022
Mike Rankin, Hay & Forage Grower and Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois, will discuss feed quality lab results, ration costs, and by-product options
Aug. 15 2022
It will come to no one’s surprise that corn silage production is a costly endeavor. For a point of reference, a dairy milking around 500 cows will have invested about $250,000 in corn silage
Aug. 4 2022
Corn silage harvest means all hands are on deck to make the best feed we can for our cows
April 25 2022
The price of milk is in a race with the price of feed as both continue to climb in 2022. A higher milk price is welcomed by farmers, but profits are cut short
April 14 2022
When we make adjustments on the farm, some are more successful than others, but we are continually learning and improving the herd
April 11 2022
Feed costs — Ten opportunities for savingspresented by: Mike Hutjens, University of Illinoissponsored by: Kuhn Feed represents over 50% of total milk production costs. With higher fertili
Dec. 14 2021
While consulting for a dairy business in Australia roughly 10 years ago, I remember seeing small pickup trucks or “utes” with diesel engines for the first time
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
Nov. 11 2021
For anyone purchasing hay to feed livestock, it comes as no surprise that hay prices are on an upward trajectory
Oct. 18 2021
With sign-up for the 2022 Dairy Margin Coverage Program (DMC) approaching, it is again time for producers to consider what level of future participation will be most beneficial to their operation
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
It’s no secret cannibals are lurking in your cornfields, looking to rob you of the silage tonnage and quality you expect from the crop
July 12 2021
Detection of hyperketonemia, more commonly referred to as subclinical and clinical ketosis, has progressed greatly in the last decade
June 14 2021
During the Four State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, University of Illinois’ Phil Cardosa addressed heat stress and the role nutrition can play in keeping cows productive during hot...
June 10 2021
When purchasing a new truck, you recognize that different trim levels, accessories, and engine displacements are factors that contribute to the vehicle’s value
March 15 2021
As I contemplated this review of forage dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD), I was taken back 40 years to a time when I had recently stepped into the arena of dairy nutrition
March 1 2021
When it comes to the topic of on-farm premixes, most dairy owners and managers have strong feelings one way or the other