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: The Major Influencer of Cash Flow Mechanics - Articles Articles
Focus on total pounds of milk produced, not milk per cow, for positive cash flow. 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
Grazing Warm-Season Annuals
Grazing Warm-Season Annuals - Webinars Webinars

Grazing Warm-Season Annuals

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1 hour

Free
This webinar discusses the role and management of warm-season annuals in a grazing system. 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
Dairy Feeding Workshop
Dairy Feeding Workshop - Workshops Workshops
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 - Webinars Webinars

Dairy Grazing Management

Multiple Options Available

Free
This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness 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
Dairy Management Monday
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, Jud Heinrichs, Virginia A. Ishler, Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

Silage is a staple forage on dairy farms. High-level management and sizeable financial outlays are necessary to efficiently produce, harvest, store and feed silage. 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
Preventive Controls for Animal Food
Preventive Controls for Animal Food - Workshops Workshops

Preventive Controls for Animal Food

Multiple Options Available

$475.00
Provides the credentials to meet FDA requirements for development and implementation of a preventive system for food safety as stated within the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. 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
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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
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
Dairy cow on pasture.
Tall Grass Grazing for Dairies - Webinars Webinars
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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
Feeding in Robotic Milking Systems
Feeding in Robotic Milking Systems - News News
A look at feeding management in Pennsylvania robot herds. 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

4:11

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