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New Thoughts, Old Question: Should We Feed Calves Forage?
New Thoughts, Old Question: Should We Feed Calves Forage? - Articles Articles
Feeding forage to calves has been debated for years. Fermentation of grain is essential for rumen development, but sometimes calves perform better with hay. More
Figure 1. Water intake at various levels of milk production.
Watering System Design - Articles Articles
Consider how and when cows drink to create a system that ensures every cow gets as much water as she will drink. More
Photo credit: Amber Yutzy
What is Your Feed Refusal Costing You? - Articles Articles
Managing feed refusals is a balance between providing enough to ensure that each cow has access to all the feed she wants and minimizing waste. More
Sub-Acute Rumen Acidosis and Physically Effective Fiber
Sub-Acute Rumen Acidosis and Physically Effective Fiber - Articles Articles
Understanding physically effective fiber and measuring it accurately can help avoid sub-acute ruminal acidosis and its negative impacts. More
Managing Silage Effluent
Managing Silage Effluent - Articles Articles
No matter our best efforts to harvest at the correct moisture and in a timely fashion, effluent happens. More
Precision is Key to Consistency in Calf Feeding
Precision is Key to Consistency in Calf Feeding - Articles Articles
Consistent feeding temperature, total solids, and nutrient level helps calves perform at their best. More
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Diagnostic des Troubles de L’ensilage - Articles Articles

Diagnostic des Troubles de L’ensilage

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Jud Heinrichs

Cet article inclut l’évaluation sensorielle e l’ensilage de maïs, la composition chimique de l’ensilage, et les caratéristiques physiques de l’ensilage. More
An electronic bench scale operating off of a 9-volt battery and weighing feeds up to 250 pounds. This scale can be purchased on-line with a price range of $75-$135.
Where to start in component fed herds? - Articles Articles
The precision of what cows consume can be uncertain. Component fed herds can apply precision feeding as successfully as herds feeding a total mixed ration. 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
Penn State Dairy Cows
Utilizing Sorghum-Sudan Silage - Articles Articles

Utilizing Sorghum-Sudan Silage

Virginia A. Ishler

The Penn State dairy herd feeds sorghum-sudan silage for the first time with success. 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