How Low is Too Low?
April 28, 2017
The pursuit of lower somatic cell counts to achieve milk quality goals leads some to wonder if the cow's immune response is compromised.
How Efficient Are Your Calves?
April 28, 2017
Feeding more milk replacer to calves can increase average daily gain, but can reduce starter intake and lower nitrogen efficiency and postweaning digestion.
Benefits of Recording and Monitoring Cow Events
April 17, 2017
On any sized dairy operation there are a multitude of events occurring from the time a calf is born until she leaves the herd. Software programs are available to help manage this task of recording events. The bottom line is no matter how good someone’s memory is it is no substitute for having historic information on animals of all ages that can be easily accessed. However, the information is only as good as the person entering the data and is useful only if someone is monitoring the events.
Corn Silage Kernel Processing, Fact or Fiction?
March 15, 2017
The benefits of corn silage kernel processing have been replicated many times in research and at the farm level. The main advantage is breaking the corn kernels into pieces, which should result in improved starch utilization and milk production. However, are producers observing the benefits of kernel processing? Is this management practice a sure thing? Unfortunately, the information collected from Extension’s “Crops to Cow” project does not entirely support this statement.