Nutrition and Feed Management

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Body Condition Scoring as a Tool for Dairy Herd Management
Body Condition Scoring as a Tool for Dairy Herd Management - Articles Articles

Body Condition Scoring as a Tool for Dairy Herd Management

Jud Heinrichs, Coleen M. Jones, Virginia A. Ishler

Body condition scoring evaluates fatness or thinness according to a five-point scale and scores are used to fine-tune dairy nutrition and health. More
Dairy Heifers
Dairy Heifer Production - Articles Articles

Dairy Heifer Production

Jud Heinrichs, Virginia A. Ishler, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

In most herds, dairy farmers replace 25 to 30 percent of the herd each year. These replacements represent a significant financial investment. More
Feed Management: Phosphorus Levels in Component-Fed Herds
Feed Management: Phosphorus Levels in Component-Fed Herds - Articles Articles
Herds with lactating dairy cattle exceeding fecal phosphorus levels from 0.55 to 0.80% on a dry matter basis have opportunity for improvement. More
Reducing Dietary Phosphorus in the Dairy Herd Reducing Dietary Phosphorus in the Dairy Herd - Articles
This publication addresses the phosphorus needs of the dairy cow and ways in which dietary phosphorus can be reduced. More
Nitrogen, Ammonia Emissions and the Dairy Cow
Nitrogen, Ammonia Emissions and the Dairy Cow - Articles Articles
This article explains how nitrogen fed to cows contributes to ammonia emissions and explores feeding strategies to reduce excess nitrogen in the diet. More
Soybeans and Soybean Byproducts for Dairy Cattle
Soybeans and Soybean Byproducts for Dairy Cattle - Articles Articles
Soybeans are an excellent source of essential amino acids and complement most forages, but have some limitations. More
Feed Efficiency in Lactating Cows and Relationship to Income Over Feed Costs
Feed Efficiency in Lactating Cows and Relationship to Income Over Feed Costs - Articles Articles
Feed efficiency measures the relative ability of cows to turn feed nutrients into milk or milk components. In the simplest terms it is the pounds of milk produced per pound of dry matter consumed. More
Free Choice Feeding of Phosphorus Containing Minerals
Free Choice Feeding of Phosphorus Containing Minerals - Articles Articles
Environmental concerns have forced the animal industry to re-evaluate phosphorus levels formulated in diets to avoid excess intake and excretion. More
Therapeutic Nutrition for Dairy Cattle
Therapeutic Nutrition for Dairy Cattle - Articles Articles
Proper nutrition can minimize the incidence or help control metabolic, infectious, and reproductive disorders in a dairy herd. More
Feeding During Shortages of Home-Grown Feeds
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Feeding During Shortages of Home-Grown Feeds

Jud Heinrichs, Virginia A. Ishler

Filling a forage gap may require reducing forage intakes or purchasing additional feeds. Economics and nutritional value of potential feeds should be considered when developing a plan. More
Troubleshooting Problems with Milkfat Depression
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Monitoring the milk components of a herd can help assess the health and nutritional status of lactating cows. More
Troubleshooting Problems with Low Milk Production
Troubleshooting Problems with Low Milk Production - Articles Articles
Topics include expected production, low peaks, failure to bag and produce ample milk, excessive decline in milk production and short lactations. More
Trouble-shooting Milk Fever and Downer Cow Problems
Trouble-shooting Milk Fever and Downer Cow Problems - Articles Articles
Topics include possible causes, symptoms and problem situations, forms of milk fever, blood parameters, control suggestions and dietary cation-anion balance. More
Use of Commodity Ingredients for Dairy Cattle
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Use of Commodity Ingredients for Dairy Cattle

Virginia A. Ishler, John Tyson

Explore ingredient storage, nutrient composition and variability, and considerations for managing a commodity-based feeding system. More
Troubleshooting Milk Flavor Problems
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Troubleshooting Milk Flavor Problems

Virginia A. Ishler, Robert F. Roberts, Ph.D.

Producing a high quality food product begins at the farm level, and prevention is the only way to assure milk is of good quality and flavor. More
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