Nutrition and Feed Management

Information and tools to assist in managing dairy cattle nutrition and feed management, including resources on forage, silage, pasture, and water needs. Tips on monitoring heifer growth and weaning strategies for heifers and calves.

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Figure 1. Cool-season perennials are the mainstay of pastured dairies in the Northeast. Credit: Sjoerd Duiker
No-Till Annuals to Beat the Summer Slump on a Dairy Farm - Articles Articles

No-Till Annuals to Beat the Summer Slump on a Dairy Farm

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, Dave Wilson, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

This case study demonstrates how a grazing dairy farmer in southeastern Pennsylvania beats the summer slump with cool- and warm-season annuals established with no-till practices. More
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Dairy Sense: Milk Income and Ration Perspective for Milk Fat - Articles Articles
A balance between components and volume may be the best strategy to optimize milk income. More
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Dairy Sense: Preparing for Mycotoxin Problems - Articles Articles
Uncooperative weather patterns can increase the occurrence of molds and mycotoxins. Minimize their growth in storage by proper management of harvest, storage, and feed out. More
Photo credit: John Tyson
Feed Bunk Management - Articles Articles

Feed Bunk Management

John Tyson

Fine-tune feed management by making sure that every group has access to feed when they return from milking. More
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The Fat in Different Dairy Products - Articles Articles
Learn about the impact milk fat has on human health and how it differs between various dairy products. More
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Butyrate Addition in Calf Milk Replacer - Articles Articles

Butyrate Addition in Calf Milk Replacer

Jud Heinrichs, Ali Chishti

Feeding butyrate can help jump start rumen development, especially in calves that have not started eating much grain. More
Calf and Heifer Management
Calf and Heifer Management - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar recording is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop
Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop - Workshops Workshops
This workshop provides applied dairy nutrition information and training to feed industry professionals. Hands-on workshops and practical sessions offer information you can use to help you or your clients succeed. More
Overgrazing pastures compromises pasture production and exposes the soil to erosion
Avoid Overgrazing Your Pastures - Articles Articles

Avoid Overgrazing Your Pastures

Justin Brackenrich, Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

The summer is upon us and cool season grasses are slowing down their growth. This is the time to pay attention so you don’t overgraze those pastures. More
Hairy vetch, rye, annual ryegrass, and clover cover crop being grazed. Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State University
Grazing Crop Residues and Cover Crops - Articles Articles

Grazing Crop Residues and Cover Crops

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Grazing has been largely excluded from our croplands but is receiving new interest as an additional profit center for farmers as well as a way to improve soil. More
Corn follows a small grain that was harvested for silage in the spring.
Double Cropping on Dairy Farms Field Day - Workshops Workshops
Learn about double cropping winter annual forage in a corn silage rotation with a farmer who is using it. This event is both indoors and outdoors. More
Photo credit: Coleen Jones
Animal Feed Safety Practices to Prevent Aflatoxin in Milk - Articles Articles

Animal Feed Safety Practices to Prevent Aflatoxin in Milk

Ginger D Fenton, PhD, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Animal feed production is undergoing a shift in approach to food safety, with preventive measures to address possible hazards before they occur. More
Dairy Sense: Formula to Profitability is MBA
Dairy Sense: Formula to Profitability is MBA - Articles Articles
Successful farms implement good management practices, find balance in their various enterprises, and invest in appropriate assets. More
Dairy Sense: Qualifying for the Six Pound Club
Dairy Sense: Qualifying for the Six Pound Club - Articles Articles
Increasing milk components can boost milk price even if milk volume stays the same. More
Photo credit: Coleen Jones
Rumen Development, Don’t Wean Calves Without It! - Articles Articles

Rumen Development, Don’t Wean Calves Without It!

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Regardless of how much milk you are feeding calves or what age they are at weaning, if the rumen is not ready, calves are in for a rough transition. More
Dry Cow Management for a Better Start
Dry Cow Management for a Better Start - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Workforce Focus: "What do you mean?"
Workforce Focus: "What do you mean?" - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Intelligent Mastitis Management
Intelligent Mastitis Management - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Profitable Pregnancies: Efficient Reproductive Management
Profitable Pregnancies: Efficient Reproductive Management - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Nutrient Management on Pastures
Nutrient Management on Pastures - Webinars Webinars
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Free webinar recording geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Calf Barn
Big Data in Dairy - Webinars Webinars

Big Data in Dairy

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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Calf Barn
2017 PDMP Corn Silage Trails and Handling Silage Leachate - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
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Cleaning and Maintaining Milking Systems - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
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Transition Cows - Webinars Webinars

Transition Cows

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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Calf Barn
Non-Nutritional Factors that Influence Feed Intake - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
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