Tip of the Month:  Forage Samples Needed for Dry Cows and Bred Heifers

Forages fed to dry cows and bred heifers should be sampled before being fed and representative samples sent to a forage testing lab for nutrient analysis. Once results are received, rations should be balanced.  Under or over feeding energy, protein, minerals or vitamins not only increases feed costs, but can compromise the health, performance, and survival of these dairy cattle around the time of calving.  

Manage fresh dry cows

Develop a Forward-Thinking Management Plan for Your Fresh Dairy Cows

Management and feeding practices within the first 2 to 4 weeks after calving have a long-term positive or negative impact on not only milk production and health of cows throughout the lactation, but as importantly on fertility and early embryo survival.


Heat stress cow

Decreases in Milk Production Seen 1 to 2 Days after Heat Stress Event

The dog days of summer definitely come with increased environmental temperatures and, often times, high humidity, resulting in heat stress conditions for dairy cows, as well as those who care for them.  By learning more about how dairy cows respond to heat stress, one can better manage one’s dairy herd and minimize the negative impacts resulting from heat stress. 


Dairy cows

Importance of Nutrition for Dairy Heifers Pre-breeding

Costs associated with raising dairy replacements account for 20 to 25% of total dairy production costs.  Learn more about wisely using your dollars when raising heifers.