Tip of the Month:  

  • Take time to complete inventories of forages available and segment them based on their forage quality. Forages should be allocated based on their quality as well as availability.
     
  • Determine additional forages and other grain products needed and secure economical sources of feeds needed.
     
  • Remember to balance rations for not only the milking herd, but also dry cows and all heifer groups. Saving on a pound or two of grain, if possible, may help weather the volatility in milk prices.

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Are Your Dairy Cows Getting the Protein They Need?

Balanced rations provide dairy cows with the nutrients they need to produce milk at an optimum financial return.  These rations may not always be least cost, but are designed to generate the most return per cow.    

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Management Protocols Important in Preventing Lameness in Dairy Cattle

With any disease, prevention is “worth its weight in gold”.  This concept is extremely important as it pertains to preventing lameness through the implementation of sound management practices.   

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Fermentation Analysis of Silages

Most commercial laboratories can analyze forages for the concentrations of various acids produced during the fermentation process.  These values can be used to determine the quality of fermentation that has occurred.  

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