May 4 2020
In light of recent events, the dairy industry has found itself needing to get creative with uses for surplus milk, such as spreading it on fields or feeding it back to cows in a total mixed ration (TMR)
April 8 2020
As farms across the country are faced with the reality of dumping milk and reducing production, some are looking to their rations to absorb the extra pounds of production
Feb. 25 2020
It is important to push up feed multiple times a day. We built this feed pusher that just slides on to the corner of the feed bucket so that we do not have to change the skid steer bucket every time
Feb. 25 2020
In dairy’s labor availability crisis, many farms have focused on doing a great job of training whether they are hiring someone with limited or extensive experience
Feb. 24 2020
The 2019 forage growing and harvest season continues to be a hot topic as we near the end of the first quarter of 2020. In recent talks, we’ve discussed how 2019 may represent a new environmental...
Jan. 13 2020
One of the most challenging roles of the feeding team is to track and account for feed as it goes through the feeding center and into the bunk. In order to do this, it’s important to test, track,...
Jan. 6 2020
“With 60 to 65 percent of the milk check going towards feeding/feed costs, this has a huge impact on farm profitability,” explained Leatherbrook Holsteins’ Adam Graft
Dec. 9 2019
Characterizing the potential rumen degradation properties of starch in corn silage and corn grain has been a challenge for those involved in dairy nutrition
Nov. 25 2019
Dairy farmers may have found the best of both worlds — with a practice that’s already relatively common
July 15 2019
Forage inventories are in rough shape for many. USDA crop reports have suggested stalled corn and bean acres have mostly recovered over the past few weeks, with crop ratings improving
July 1 2019
If lower milk prices are the new normal, then it’s time to find ways to evaluate each dollar spent on feed
June 24 2019
The concept is simple. If you are one of those farms that harvested less than ideal quality forages this spring because of muddy fields or any number of other factors, you might still be able to feed it...
June 17 2019
For much of the Midwest and Northeast, it started raining last fall. Wet harvests gave way to saturated soils during the winter and flooding this spring
June 3 2019
Forage particle length plays a key role in proper rumen function. When particle size is too small, cows spend less time chewing and producing saliva, which can reduce rumen pH
June 3 2019
Although starch isn’t listed as a required nutrient by any dairy cattle nutrition document, its impact is absolutely felt in the bulk tank
April 8 2019
When every dollar counts, milkfat and protein levels in milk are extremely valuable in maximizing income over feed costs (IOFC)
April 1 2019
When you’re looking to fine-tune your feeding, checking on the basics is a good first step
April 1 2019
Choosing where dollars are invested is critical, especially considering how tight finances have been the last four years
March 4 2019
“Don’t let the abnormal become normal. Just because it happened yesterday, today, and tomorrow doesn’t mean it’s right,” opened independent nutritionist David Greene during...
Feb. 1 2019
I’m all for a nice sit-down dinner. Shoot, I’m all for most types of dinners. I like casual restaurants, the occasional dive bar, and family meals packed around a too small table and handmade...