Lowering the amount of crude protein in a dairy herd’s diet can save on feed costs while decreasing excess nitrogen and ammonia emissions. And it doesn’t have to adversely affect milk production...More
When packing this year’s silage corn in bunker silos or piles, aim for densities of at least 15 lbs of dry matter per cubic foot, advises Phil Kaatz, Michigan State University Extension forage educator...More
Harvesting and storing high-quality forages can help dairy producers reduce the cost of feeding their herds without compromising milk production and growth of dairy heifers, reminds Donna Amaral-Phillips, University of Kentucky dairy nutrition and grazing management specialist...More
Ohio farmers whose wet fields prevent them from planting cool-season perennial forages by May 15 should consider warm-season annual forages instead, says John Grimes, Ohio State University Extension beef coordinator...More
The higher price of inputs this season puts even more pressure on maximizing corn silage yields, points out Chad Lee, University of Kentucky Extension grain crops specialist. Here are his guidelines for putting silage corn in the best position to reach high yields...More
“We get feedback from producers and even nutritionists, at times, that all corn silages are pretty much the same – they’re low-protein, high-energy forages,” said Karl Nestor. “That’s not true anymore,” said the senior animal nutritionist...More
Bill Fuller wasn’t satisfied with the 7-9% protein content of his corn silage and wanted to make it a more complete feed for his beef cattle.
“I wanted something to blend with corn as a protein supplement”...More
“Due to variability in stalk and ear development, corn silage made from drought-stressed corn should be tested more frequently for moisture content, starch content and NDF digestibility in order to better formulate rations for high-producing dairy cows”...More
Because of this fall’s record rainfall and cold weather, Illinois dairy producers should beware of mold and mycotoxins in corn, according to Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois extension dairy specialist...More
A hard frost and continuing cold temperatures have J.W. Schroeder worried that silage corn won’t be able to ferment adequately in North Dakota.
What’s needed, says the North Dakota State University extension dairy specialist, is warm weather...More