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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Compared to testing at room temperature, warm colostrum underestimates colostrum IgG and cold colostrum overestimates IgG.
Colostrometer Adjustment Spreadsheet - Downloadable Downloadable

Colostrometer Adjustment Spreadsheet

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Adjust readings from a colostrometer to provide the value expected if colostrum was tested at 68°F. More
Dairy Heifer Diet Formulator - Spreadsheet
Dairy Heifer Diet Formulator - Spreadsheet - Downloadable Downloadable
Choose feeds from the library or enter the composition of feeds on your farm, then balance a diet to meet a targeted growth rate. More
Batch Mix Spreadsheet
Batch Mix Spreadsheet - Downloadable Downloadable

Batch Mix Spreadsheet

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Provides a simple method of adjusting the amount fed as the dry matter of forages changes. Also contains instructions for determining dry matter using a microwave. More
Spreadsheet to Compare Cost of Milk and Milk Replacer
Spreadsheet to Compare Cost of Milk and Milk Replacer - Downloadable Downloadable
Tool to compare cost of feeding whole milk or milk replacer. Calculates cost per pound of dry matter and compares amount of nutrients provided by each feed. More
Spreadsheet to Calculate Milk Price
Spreadsheet to Calculate Milk Price - Downloadable Downloadable

Spreadsheet to Calculate Milk Price

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Calculates gross milk price using multiple-component pricing with the option of a somatic cell count adjustment. 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
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
Feed Value Calculator spreadsheet Feed Value Calculator spreadsheet - Downloadable
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. More
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Nitrate Calculator Spreadsheet - Downloadable Downloadable
Automates calculation of nitrate intake from feed and water, suggests ways to limit nitrate intake, and converts expressions of nitrate concentration. More
Crop Cents Mobile App
Crop Cents Mobile App - Downloadable Downloadable

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