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.
Optimizing IOFC, results from transition silage testing 2015-2016, forage management project results to date, reminder of upcoming project meetings
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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.
A look at feeding management in Pennsylvania robot herds.
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To remain profitable, producers should be monitoring and making decisions based on their herd's "income over feed costs" (IOFC).
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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.
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.
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.
The fresh cows increase milk production by ten pounds due to diversity of energy sources and the amounts altered to complement the forage quality.
Corn silage quality was typically considered one of the more consistent forages produced on a dairy farm.
Working with 60 farms evaluating corn silage quality over time, there is a lot of change occurring in fiber and starch content and digestibility.
Regardless of high or low profit margins the investment in health care for calves, heifers and cows should not waver.
Ideal body condition scores can not be achieved overnight. A good foundation in precision feeding and monitoring body scores are essential.