Nutrition and Feeding

Information and tools to assist in managing dairy cattle nutrition and feeding, 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 Sense: Unlocking Added Potential - Articles Articles
The transition period, early lactation, and breeding age heifers are the keys to unlocking added potential for milk income. More
Kelp for Supplemental Feeding of Dairy Cows on Pasture
Kelp for Supplemental Feeding of Dairy Cows on Pasture - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar recording is part of a Dairy Grazing Management webinar series, which includes presentations on grazing and pasture management. "Kelp for Supplemental Feeding of Dairy Cows on Pasture" was recorded on December 19, 2018. More
Agronomic Pasture Management: Organic Systems
Agronomic Pasture Management: Organic Systems - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar recording is part of a Dairy Grazing Management webinar series, which includes presentations on grazing and pasture management. Agronomic Pasture Management: Organic Systems was recorded on October 17, 2018. More
Agronomic Pasture Management: Conventional Systems
Agronomic Pasture Management: Conventional Systems - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar recording is part of a Dairy Grazing Management webinar series, which includes presentations on grazing and pasture management. "Agronomic Pasture Management: Conventional Systems" was recorded on September 19, 2018. More
Calf Management Tips for Cold Weather
Calf Management Tips for Cold Weather - Articles Articles

Calf Management Tips for Cold Weather

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Within a certain range of temperatures called the thermoneutral zone or TNZ, calves can maintain body temperature without needing extra energy. More
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Butyrate Addition in Calf Milk Replacer - Articles Articles

Butyrate Addition in Calf Milk Replacer

Jud Heinrichs, Ali Chishti

Feeding butyrate can help jump start rumen development, especially in calves that have not started eating much grain. More
Calf and Heifer Management
Calf and Heifer Management - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar recording is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop
Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop - Workshops Workshops
This workshop provides applied dairy nutrition information and training to feed industry professionals. Hands-on workshops and practical sessions offer information you can use to help you or your clients succeed. More
Corn follows a small grain that was harvested for silage in the spring.
Double Cropping on Dairy Farms Field Day - Workshops Workshops
Learn about double cropping winter annual forage in a corn silage rotation with a farmer who is using it. This event is both indoors and outdoors. More
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Rumen Development, Don’t Wean Calves Without It! - Articles Articles

Rumen Development, Don’t Wean Calves Without It!

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Regardless of how much milk you are feeding calves or what age they are at weaning, if the rumen is not ready, calves are in for a rough transition. More
Grazing and Water Quality
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This free webinar in the Dairy Grazing Management series is geared toward dairy producers, employees and agribusiness professionals. More
Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop
Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop - Articles Articles

Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Annual event provides continuing education for feed industry professionals. More
Technology Tuesday
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This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. 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
Determining Forage Dry Matter
Determining Forage Dry Matter - Videos Videos

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
Using a Colostrometer
Using a Colostrometer - Videos Videos

Using a Colostrometer

Jud Heinrichs, Coleen M. Jones, Sonia Arnold

3:10

Demonstration of using a colostrometer to estimate IgG content in colostrum. More
Using a Brix Refractometer
Using a Brix Refractometer - Videos Videos

Using a Brix Refractometer

Jud Heinrichs, Coleen M. Jones, Sonia Arnold

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Learn how to use optical and digital Brix refractometers to determine how much IgG colostrum contains. More
How Efficient Are Your Calves?
How Efficient Are Your Calves? - Articles Articles
Feeding more milk replacer to calves can increase average daily gain, but can reduce starter intake and lower nitrogen efficiency and postweaning digestion. More
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Economics and Effects of Accelerated Calf Growth Programs - Articles Articles
Increasing heifer growth rates, regardless of the feeding strategy, improves the odds of earlier age at calving, which can dramatically lower heifer costs. More
Figure 1. Conversion of glucose to acetate. Source: "Digestion: The Fermentative Processes"
Ionophores: A Technology to Improve Cattle Efficiency - Articles Articles
This article explains how the use of ionophores--antibiotics that shift ruminal fermentation patterns--can improve cattle production efficiency. More
Feed Me the Scoop on Veterinary Feed Directive
Feed Me the Scoop on Veterinary Feed Directive - Articles Articles

Feed Me the Scoop on Veterinary Feed Directive

Capri Stiles-Mikesell, Greg Strait

Description of in-feed medications and how they fit into the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules that took effect January 1, 2017. More
Conduite des Genisses Laiteres
Conduite des Genisses Laiteres - Articles Articles

Conduite des Genisses Laiteres

Jud Heinrichs, Bruno Martin

L’amélioration du troupeau laitier est possible lorsque les vaches de réforme sont remplacées par des génisses de deux ans bien alimentées, saines, génétiquement supérieures et bien conduites. More
Pasteurisierung Mit Hitze töten Pasteurisierung Mit Hitze töten - Articles
Pasteurisierung Pasteurisierte Sperrmilch einen hohen Nährwert für Milchviehkälber. Allerdings muss der Prozess korrekt Ablaufen, da sonst die Keime nicht ausreichend reduziert werden. More
Growth Monitor: Compare Heifers to Breed Standards
Growth Monitor: Compare Heifers to Breed Standards - Articles Articles

Growth Monitor: Compare Heifers to Breed Standards

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Spreadsheet tools for tracking dairy heifer growth in comparison to breed standards. More
Using the Body Condition Scoring Excel Spreadsheet Series
Using the Body Condition Scoring Excel Spreadsheet Series - Articles Articles
Instructions for the Body Condition Scoring spreadsheet series, used to evaluate body condition in cows and heifers. Spreadsheet series is designed for a scale of 1 to 5. More
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