Nutrition and Feed Management

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Dairy Beef
Dairy-Beef Production - Articles Articles

Dairy-Beef Production

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Production of high-quality dairy-beef is relatively new to the beef industry and depends almost entirely on Holstein bull calves. More
Milk Components: Understanding Milk Fat and Protein Variation in Your Dairy Herd
Milk Components: Understanding Milk Fat and Protein Variation in Your Dairy Herd - Articles Articles
Description of variation found in production of milk components, factors that contribute to this variation, and strategies to improve component production. More
Using a TMR Mixing Sheet to Control Rations and Determine Feed Costs
Using a TMR Mixing Sheet to Control Rations and Determine Feed Costs - Articles Articles
Instructions for using the TMR Mix Sheet spreadsheet to accurately mix total mixed rations. More
Do You Know Your Costs to Grow Feed?
Do You Know Your Costs to Grow Feed? - Articles Articles

Do You Know Your Costs to Grow Feed?

Robert C. Goodling, Jr.

Feed costs tend to be the largest expense on a dairy operation and managing those costs contributes to a dairy’s ability to be profitable. More
The Crop Costs Conversation: Get the Most out of Your Cropping Plan
The Crop Costs Conversation: Get the Most out of Your Cropping Plan - Articles Articles
Actual production costs for forage and grains can vary greatly from market prices. It pays to know your true costs. 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
Penn State Dairy Cows
Cold Weather Forces Ration Adjustments - Articles Articles
The fresh cows increase milk production by ten pounds due to diversity of energy sources and the amounts altered to complement the forage quality. More
Corn Silage Quality
Corn Silage Quality - Articles Articles

Corn Silage Quality

Virginia A. Ishler

Corn silage quality was typically considered one of the more consistent forages produced on a dairy farm. More
Corn Silage Variability
Corn Silage Variability - Articles Articles

Corn Silage Variability

Virginia A. Ishler

Working with 60 farms evaluating corn silage quality over time, there is a lot of change occurring in fiber and starch content and digestibility. More
Don't Skimp on Health Costs
Don't Skimp on Health Costs - Articles Articles

Don't Skimp on Health Costs

Virginia A. Ishler

Regardless of high or low profit margins the investment in health care for calves, heifers and cows should not waver. More
Acceptable body condition for dry cows (3.25-3.75)
Dry Cow Body Condition - Articles Articles

Dry Cow Body Condition

Virginia A. Ishler

Ideal body condition scores can not be achieved overnight. A good foundation in precision feeding and monitoring body scores are essential. More
Even TMRs Need Audited
Even TMRs Need Audited - Articles Articles

Even TMRs Need Audited

Virginia A. Ishler

Audit is usually associated with financials however it applies very well to a total mixed ration (TMR). More
Penn State Dairy Cows
Fiber Digestibility's Impact on Components - Articles Articles
Changes in forages result in pleasant component increases. More
Penn State Dairy Cows
Key to Success - Monitoring Feed Inventory - Articles Articles
Haylage shrink of 22% keeps the Penn State Dairy on their toes but setting goals and making a plan of action keeps milk production going strong. More
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