Dairy producers can feed low-starch, high-byproduct diets to late-lactation cows with little loss in milk production, according to a recent collaborative study reported in Cornell and University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension publications....More
The drought felt by so many this past year – and tentatively predicted for 2013 – is forcing producers to take a new look at how and what forages are grown and what’s being fed. Here’s how three dairymen, one from Indiana and two from California, are dealing with the challenges handed them....More
With prices for dairy products like butter, cheese, non-fat dry milk and whey strengthening, U.S. dairy producers can expect milk prices to rise next year, according to a USDA report released earlier this month....More
Aflatoxin, a cancer-causing agent that develops from fungi on corn, is a risk for farmers who feed corn-based rations this fall, said Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois Extension emeritus dairy nutritionist....More
by Fae Holin, Editor, Hay & Forage Grower
Drought has led to the risk of increased levels of aflatoxin in corn-based feeds. University of Illinois emeritus dairy nutritionist Mike Hutjens explains what growers and livestock producers can do to minimize the problem after speaking at the Sept. 25 Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Feed & Nutrition Conference in Stevens Point, Wi....More
Immature soybeans could be another forage option for Indiana livestock producers struggling to feed their herds,says Keith Johnson, Purdue University Extension forage specialist.
Many of the state’s double-crop soybeans will struggle to reach maturity before the first killing freeze, he says. An early wheat harvest and dry spring weather allowed growers to plant them farther north than what is typical, but drought delayed germination....More
To get the most from the forage that goes into your dairy herd, evaluate what comes out. It could net you “free milk,” said Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois emeritus dairy nutritionist, at the 2012 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference in Dubuque, IA.
Although manure tests aren’t always clear-cut and most are downright messy, they can show how effective feeding programs are, he said. Here are ones he recommends:
Fecal Starch Analysis...More
The John Deere HarvestLab now not only measures dry matter content, but also provides crude protein, starch and fiber near-infrared analysis of corn silage, says Steve Siegel, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group product manager....More
A $70,000 software system mounted in a loader bucket analyzes feeds and calculates for dry matter adjustments at the TMR mixer. It should pay for itself in a year, figures Steve Brand, who milks 900 Holsteins with his wife, Mary, near Ellsworth, WI.
Brand is the first in his state to buy the dg Precision Feeding System, manufactured by the Italian company, Dinamica Generale. The system uses near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy to measure a feed’s real-time dry matter and nutrient contents.
He had a couple of reasons for doing so....More
A forage tester that can be taken to the field to quickly measure forage dry matter content and nutrient levels is getting high marks for its accuracy, says a University of Wisconsin dairy scientist....More