World Dairy Expo attendees can learn of the latest in dairy-forage research during the twice-a-day Dairy Forage Seminars, Oct. 3-5, in the Arena Building at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI.

Below are the topics and who will be speaking:

Wednesday, Oct. 3:

10:30 a.m. – How Low Can You Go With Protein In Dairy Cattle Diets? Supplement dairy diets with small amounts of essential amino acids so dietary protein can be fed at lower levels, suggests speaker Glen Broderick, research dairy scientist, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center (USDFRC), USDA-ARS.

1:30 p.m. – Corn Silage Quality Varies From Field To Field. Find out how much variability exists and learn how to minimize or account for it, says Joe Lauer, University of Wisconsin agronomist.

Thursday, Oct. 4:

10:30 a.m. – Silage Inoculants Seem To Affect Animal Performance As Well As Crop Fermentation. New research shows that microbial inoculants can enhance animal performance – including milk production in dairy cows, according to Richard Muck, ag engineer, USDFRC.

1:30 p.m. – The Economics Of Feeding Dairy Cattle With High-Priced Forage And Grain. Steve Woodford, dairy-nutrition consultant, Nutrition Professionals, Inc., suggests ways to save on feed costs through forage programs, byproduct choices and forage quality.

Friday, Oct. 5:

10:30 a.m. – Using Ruminal Digestibility Data To Improve Intake, Feed Efficiency Or Diet Costs For Lactating Cows. A rapid test for ruminal digestibility of feed ingredients and its system for formulating diets can improve forage utilization and animal performance, says David Weakley, director of dairy-forage nutrition research, Calibrate Technologies, Forage Genetics International.

1:30 p.m. – Using Plant Analysis To Diagnose Alfalfa Nutrient Needs. As sulfur deficiencies limit alfalfa production in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest, consider using plant analyses when checking nutrient requirements, says Carrie Laboski, Extension soil scientist, University of Wisconsin.

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