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