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
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: Conventional Systems" was recorded on September 19, 2018. 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
Grazing and Water Quality
Grazing and Water Quality - Webinars Webinars
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Heifer Nutrition Modifications to Reduce Manure Production
Heifer Nutrition Modifications to Reduce Manure Production - Articles Articles

Heifer Nutrition Modifications to Reduce Manure Production

Jud Heinrichs, G. I. Zanton, G. J. Lascano

Replacing forage dry matter with concentrates offers potential to improve the efficiency of heifer feeding, while maintaining similar rates of gain and reducing excretion of manure and nutrients. More
Dairy Heifer Diet Formulator - Spreadsheet
Dairy Heifer Diet Formulator - Spreadsheet - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Dairy Heifer Diet Formulator - Spreadsheet

Jud Heinrichs, Lucas Mitchell

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
Precision Feeding Dairy Heifers: Strategies and Recommendations
Precision Feeding Dairy Heifers: Strategies and Recommendations - Articles Articles
Provided feed intake is restricted to allow for an optimal average daily gain, high concentrate, precision-fed rations can be fed to dairy heifers successfully. 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
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
Photo credit: Cassie Yost
Feed Efficiency in Dairy Heifers - Articles Articles

Feed Efficiency in Dairy Heifers

Jud Heinrichs, Coleen M. Jones, Xavier Suarez

Discussion of ways to improve feed efficiency in dairy heifers. More
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