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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From Harvest to Feed: Understanding Silage Management
From Harvest to Feed: Understanding Silage Management - Articles Articles

From Harvest to Feed: Understanding Silage Management

Coleen M. Jones, Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler

Feeding adequate quantities of high-quality forages is the basis of profitable milk and livestock production. More
Comprehensive Feed Management Monitoring Spreadsheet for Dairy Cows
Comprehensive Feed Management Monitoring Spreadsheet for Dairy Cows - Downloadable Downloadable
A monitoring tool (Excel spreadsheet) for protein and phosphorus levels in the ration and manure evaluating lactating and dry cows, and heifers. More
Conventional Feed Schedule Component Conventional Feed Schedule Component - Articles
Feed management plan in a tie-stall dairy facility More
Corn Silage and Feed Management Impact on Income over Feed Cost
Corn Silage and Feed Management Impact on Income over Feed Cost - Webinars Webinars
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Optimizing IOFC, results from transition silage testing 2015-2016, forage management project results to date, reminder of upcoming project meetings More
TMR Mix Sheet Spreadsheet
TMR Mix Sheet Spreadsheet - Downloadable Downloadable

TMR Mix Sheet Spreadsheet

Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

The Penn State TMR spreadsheet allows the user to create rations, mix sheets, batch size and feed costs for up to nine rations for the whole herd. More
Dairy Risk-Management Education: Managing Income Over Feed Costs Dairy Risk-Management Education: Managing Income Over Feed Costs - Articles
To remain profitable, producers should be monitoring and making decisions based on their herd's "income over feed costs" (IOFC). More
Diagnostic des Fievres de Lait et Vaches Couchees
Diagnostic des Fievres de Lait et Vaches Couchees - Articles Articles
Cet article inclut causes possibles, symptômes et situation du problème, les formes des fièvres de lait, paramètres sanguins, suggestion de maitrise, balance anion cations. More
Nutrition Thérapeutique du Cheptel Laitier Nutrition Thérapeutique du Cheptel Laitier - Articles
Nombre de produits nutritionnels et de stratégies de management de l’alimentation peuvent être utilisés comme traitement de différents troubles métaboliques et maladies infectieuses. More
Drought-Related Issues in Dairy Cattle Nutrition
Drought-Related Issues in Dairy Cattle Nutrition - Articles Articles

Drought-Related Issues in Dairy Cattle Nutrition

Virginia A. Ishler, Jud Heinrichs

In a drought quantity and quality of forage are often compromised, and acceptable substitutions must be found to provide enough forage for all animals. More
Carbohydrate Nutrition for Lactating Dairy Cattle
Carbohydrate Nutrition for Lactating Dairy Cattle - Articles Articles

Carbohydrate Nutrition for Lactating Dairy Cattle

Virginia A. Ishler, Gabriella A. Varga

This article examines limitations of lab methods predicting forage quality, components of the carbohydrate portion of feeds, and effects of management on carbohydrate nutrition. More
Carbon, Methane Emissions and the Dairy Cow
Carbon, Methane Emissions and the Dairy Cow - Articles Articles
Methane contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, but some dietary practices reduce methane production, including ionophores, fats, high quality forages, and increased grain. More
Crop Cents Mobile App
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Crop Cents Mobile App

Timothy 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. More
Penn State Dairy Cows
Utilizing Sorghum-Sudan Silage - Articles Articles

Utilizing Sorghum-Sudan Silage

Virginia A. Ishler

The Penn State dairy herd feeds sorghum-sudan silage for the first time with success. More
Benefits of Pasture
Benefits of Pasture - Articles Articles

Benefits of Pasture

Virginia A. Ishler

There are numerous benefits to the animal and producer who incorporate pasture into the ration. There can also be some challenges that go along with grazing. More
Byproduct Feeds and Precision Feeding
Byproduct Feeds and Precision Feeding - Articles Articles
Byproduct feeds are a main staple of the diet for all animal groups on a dairy operation. The key is finding a supplier that provides a consistent product. More
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