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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Dairy Feeding Workshop
Dairy Feeding Workshop - Workshops Workshops

Dairy Feeding Workshop

Multiple Options Available

Free
Do you know exactly what your cows are eating? This event will help you understand how to feed the forages you harvested and get the most production from them. More
Pasture Dairy
Dairy Grazing Management Guide - Webinars Webinars

Dairy Grazing Management Guide

Multiple Options Available

Free
This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Calf Barn
Technology Tuesdays - Webinars Webinars

Technology Tuesdays

Multiple Options Available

1 hour, 30 minutes

Free
This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Dairy Farms
Dairy Management Mondays - Webinars Webinars

Dairy Management Mondays

Multiple Options Available

1 hour

Free
Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this series includes presentations on topics important to the management of the dairy farm. More
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
Feeding the Newborn Dairy Calf
Feeding the Newborn Dairy Calf - Articles Articles

Feeding the Newborn Dairy Calf

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Calf health, growth, and productivity rely heavily on nutrition and management practices. More
Photo credit: Mauricio Rosales
Selective Dry Cow Therapy, An Option to Consider - Articles Articles
Selective dry cow therapy can help decrease the use of antibiotics in food animals without compromising animal health. More
Dairy Grazing Discussions
Dairy Grazing Discussions - Workshops Workshops

Dairy Grazing Discussions

Multiple Options Available

Free
A series of discussion group meetings guided by material in Sarah Flack's book titled "The Art and Science of Grazing" More
Batch Mix Spreadsheet
Batch Mix Spreadsheet - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

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
Feed Bunk Management and Design for Results
Feed Bunk Management and Design for Results - Webinars Webinars
Free
Focus on cow behavior vs. feeding area management and design. More
Feed Management in Robotic Milking Herds
Feed Management in Robotic Milking Herds - Webinars Webinars
Free
Proper balance of feed at the robot and the feed bunk is important to ensure milk production and cow flow through the robotic milker. More
Penn State Particle Separator
Penn State Particle Separator - Articles Articles

Penn State Particle Separator

Jud Heinrichs, Coleen M. Jones

The Forage and TMR Particle Separator was designed to help in determining the correct forage particle length needed to improve ruminant nutrition. More
Spreadsheet to Calculate Milk Price
Spreadsheet to Calculate Milk Price - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

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
Spreadsheet to Compare Cost of Milk and Milk Replacer
Spreadsheet to Compare Cost of Milk and Milk Replacer - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
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
Customized Dairy Heifer Growth Chart
Customized Dairy Heifer Growth Chart - Articles Articles

Customized Dairy Heifer Growth Chart

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Generates a growth chart from mature size and age at first calving. Compares heifer performance to growth required to meet herd goals, not to a breed standard. More
Determining Forage Dry Matter
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Determining Forage Dry Matter

Jud Heinrichs, Coleen M. Jones

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Understanding dry matter is a key concept in animal nutrition. Learn the importance of dry matter and how to measure it using a microwave or Koster tester. More
Dairy cows on pasture.
Weed Identification and Management in Pastures - Webinars Webinars
Free
Pasture weed identification and how to manage troublesome pasture weeds will be presented, including mechanical, cultural, and chemical control methods. More
Dairy cow on pasture.
Tall Grass Grazing for Dairies - Webinars Webinars
Free
Tall grass grazing has become a popular management practice for beef cattle in recent years. Learn how this practice is being applied to dairy grazing. More
Dairy cows on pasture.
Precision Technology in Pasture Dairy - Webinars Webinars
Free
Management and the adaptation of current and future technologies may offer opportunities for precision feeding in pasture dairy systems. More
Dairy cows on pasture.
Organic Dairy Feed Management Project - Webinars Webinars
Free
This program will present data from a recent Penn State study evaluating economic, environmental, and production data from organic dairy farms in Pennsylvania. More
Dairy cows on pasture.
Incorporating Brassicas Into Your Grazing System - Webinars Webinars
Free
Forage brassicas are high quality forages that can be grazed during the spring, summer forage slump, or used to extend fall grazing season. More
Grazing dairy cows.
Diversified Grazing Systems - Webinars Webinars
Free
This presentation will discuss the benefits and challenges of managing a diversified grazing system. More
Dairy cow on pasture
Collecting a Forage Sample and Interpreting the Analysis - Webinars Webinars
Free
This webinar discusses how to collect a representative forage sample and how to interpret the analysis. More
Dairy cows on pasture
Alternative Supplementation for Grazing Dairy Cows - Webinars Webinars
Free
Recent and on-going research on supplementing dairy cows with molasses, flaxseed, and fodder is discussed. More
Nutrition may help prevent mastitis
Nutrition, Immunity and Mastitis - Articles Articles

Nutrition, Immunity and Mastitis

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

The role of nutrition in mastitis prevention is reviewed relative to its impact on immune response of dairy cows More