When Research Meets Real World
November 15, 2016
Animal and agronomic research has provided many tools and practices over the past decades that have assisted producers in doing their job better and easier. A direct transfer of the results to real world does not always equate to the same positive results. It is easy to get caught up on the potential benefits conveyed from research in either increased milk production, improved health, higher crop yields, better fiber digestibility and the list could go on. There are several key factors that come into play when determining how much a farm may benefit from a new product or management practice.
Controlling the Uncontrollable
October 17, 2016
Dairy profitability seems to be a constantly moving target. Producers are dealing with the highs and lows of milk prices and feed costs. Some fixed and variable costs stay about the same regardless of what is happening in the markets. Producers are working with biological units (crops and cows), which are subject to external forces making crop yields and milk production unpredictable. Can dairy producers control what appears to be uncontrollable?
Options for Limited Forage Inventories
September 15, 2016
The hit and miss rain this past summer in Pennsylvania has left dairy producers with reduced forage inventories. Corn for silage within fields and farm is extremely variable in regards to plant height and corn grain fill. This will provide many challenges to the nutritionist in formulating rations that will remain consistent over time.
Do You Know Your Costs to Grow Feed?
August 30, 2016
Feed costs tend to be the largest expense on a dairy operation and managing those costs contributes to a dairy’s ability to be profitable.
The Penn State Dairy Heifer Diet Formulator
August 30, 2016
Precision feeding is a strategy for productive heifers and a healthy bottom line. The Penn State Dairy Heifer Diet Formulator (PSU-HDF) program encourages an approach to heifer feeding that is driven by the desire to precisely meet metabolizable energy and nitrogen needs of growing dairy heifers while still allowing farmers to meet their desired goals for growth, age at first breeding, age at first calving, and first lactation production.