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.
Maintaining positive cash flow on dairy farms requires good management of cropping, feeding, and financials.
Focus on total pounds of milk produced, not milk per cow, for positive cash flow.
Monitoring income over feed costs (IOFC) is a way to evaluate a dairy's profitability. Several options are available to determine and interpret IOFC.
Optimizing IOFC, results from transition silage testing 2015-2016, forage management project results to date, reminder of upcoming project meetings
A look at feeding management in Pennsylvania robot herds.
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Use this spreadsheet to price your standing corn for silage.
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Calculates value of forages and concentrates using Petersen's constants; based on the price of corn, soybean meal, and average quality alfalfa hay. Feed values can then be compared to market prices.
Increasing heifer growth rates, regardless of the feeding strategy, improves the odds of earlier age at calving, which can dramatically lower heifer costs.
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To remain profitable, producers should be monitoring and making decisions based on their herd's "income over feed costs" (IOFC).
More Tools and Apps ByTimothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler, Robert C. Goodling, Jr.
CropCents is a mobile app that calculates actual costs to produce home raised feeds for crop, dairy, and beef producers.
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Production of high-quality dairy-beef is relatively new to the beef industry and depends almost entirely on Holstein bull calves.
Monitoring dry matter intake helps to understand your cows. This is extremely important for knowing what is normal and abnormal for the operation.
Balanced rations for lactating dairy cows only work if ingredients are mixed properly.
New corn silage and candy product pose challenges to ration balancing.
Cows perform best when they can be kept on a consistent ration and forage quality is excellent.