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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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
Free
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
Photo credit: John Tyson
Feed Bunk Management - Articles Articles

Feed Bunk Management

John Tyson

Fine-tune feed management by making sure that every group has access to feed when they return from milking. 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
Dry Cow Management for a Better Start
Dry Cow Management for a Better Start - Webinars Webinars
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Designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisors, this free webinar is part of a Dairy Management Monday series, which includes presentations on topics important to managing a dairy farm. More
Calf Barn
Transition Cows - Webinars Webinars

Transition Cows

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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Calf Barn
Non-Nutritional Factors that Influence Feed Intake - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar is part of a Technology Tuesday series 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
Transition Cow Management
Transition Cow Management - Workshops Workshops
Transition Cow Management will feature the science and practices to improve the performance of transition cows. The hands-on portion will allow participants to use their own samples (milk and urine) to evaluate the health of their cows. More
Technology Tuesday
Technology Tuesdays - Webinars Webinars

Technology Tuesdays

Multiple Options Available

1 hour, 30 minutes

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This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. More
Determining Forage Dry Matter
Determining Forage Dry Matter - Videos Videos

Determining Forage Dry Matter

Jud Heinrichs, Coleen M. Jones

9:21

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
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
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
Learn To Score Body Condition
Learn To Score Body Condition - Videos Videos

Learn To Score Body Condition

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

12:10

Learn to assign body condition scores for dairy cattle on a 5-point scale by evaluating specific areas of the pelvis and loin. More
Feeding During Shortages of Home-Grown Feeds
Feeding During Shortages of Home-Grown Feeds - Articles Articles

Feeding During Shortages of Home-Grown Feeds

Jud Heinrichs, Virginia A. Ishler

Filling a forage gap may require reducing forage intakes or purchasing additional feeds. Economics and nutritional value of potential feeds should be considered when developing a plan. More
Use of Commodity Ingredients for Dairy Cattle
Use of Commodity Ingredients for Dairy Cattle - Articles Articles

Use of Commodity Ingredients for Dairy Cattle

Virginia A. Ishler, John Tyson, Peter Tozer

Explore ingredient storage, nutrient composition and variability, and considerations for managing a commodity-based feeding system. More
Photo credit: Mat Haan
Pasturing Dry Cows and Heifers - Articles Articles
Pasture can be a cost-effective feed for dry cows and heifers, but must be managed to ensure animals meet performance goals. More
Total Mixed Rations for Dairy Cows
Total Mixed Rations for Dairy Cows - Articles Articles

Total Mixed Rations for Dairy Cows

Jud Heinrichs, Alanna Kmicikewycz

Total mixed rations help dairy cows achieve maximum performance and are the most common method for feeding high producing, indoor-housed dairy cows in the world. More
Free Choice Feeding of Phosphorus Containing Minerals
Free Choice Feeding of Phosphorus Containing Minerals - Articles Articles
Environmental concerns have forced the animal industry to re-evaluate phosphorus levels formulated in diets to avoid excess intake and excretion. More
Examples of Cows at Various Body Condition Scores
Examples of Cows at Various Body Condition Scores - Articles Articles

Examples of Cows at Various Body Condition Scores

Coleen M. Jones, Jud Heinrichs

Photos demonstrate dairy cows with a range of body condition scores. Each photo includes key observations at that score. More
Comprehensive Feed Management Monitoring Spreadsheet for Dairy Cows
Comprehensive Feed Management Monitoring Spreadsheet for Dairy Cows - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
A monitoring tool (Excel spreadsheet) for protein and phosphorus levels in the ration and manure evaluating lactating and dry cows, and heifers. More
Non-lactating Animals Count Too
Non-lactating Animals Count Too - Articles Articles

Non-lactating Animals Count Too

Virginia A. Ishler

Dry cows and heifers take up on average 20 percent of the farm’s total feed costs (home raised and purchased). More
Using a TMR Mixing Sheet to Control Rations and Determine Feed Costs
Using a TMR Mixing Sheet to Control Rations and Determine Feed Costs - Articles Articles
Instructions for using the TMR Mix Sheet spreadsheet to accurately mix total mixed rations. More
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