Growing normal and brown midrib (BMR) corn hybrids together produced silage with a chemical composition almost comparable to pure BMR silage. When fed to cows the mixture resulted in greater feed efficiency and lower milk MUN than normal silage....More
Proposed dairy reforms stayed intact as the House Ag Committee approved its version of the 2012 Farm Bill, which now moves on for a full House vote, according to the Milk Producers Council (MPC)....More
Trails of dust behind haymaking equipment signal trouble for dairy producers wanting to minimize ash levels in their rations, warns Faith Cullens, Michigan State University Extension dairy educator....More
Changes in dairy-ration formulation and feed management can help prevent reductions in dry matter intake during hot weather, advises Alvaro Garcia, South Dakota State University Extension dairy specialist....More
Forage sorghums can help provide feed in regions short on forage after last year’s droughts, say university agronomists from Pennsylvania and Texas.
Greg Roth urges south-central Pennsylvania dairy producers to consider doublecropping brown midrib (BMR) forage sorghums – after first-cut hay or small-grain silage – on ground some are currently putting to silage corn....More
It takes fast germination and decent harvest weather, but a fall oats doublecrop in central Wisconsin can yield well and give good digestibility, says Wayne Coblentz, USDA-ARS research agronomist and dairy scientist at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center.
Coblentz and colleagues studied the viability of planting oats in late summer for use as a fall emergency forage....More
The use of accumulated growing degree days (GDD) to time the first alfalfa cutting likely will be more important than ever this year, says Craig Thomas, Michigan State University Extension educator....More
“We’ve had a lot of questions from dairy cattle feeders and some custom operators about whether this (snaplage) is a good fit,” says Randy Shaver, University of Wisconsin Extension dairy nutritionist....More
Feeding high levels of forage without sacrificing milk production will be discussed during the Jan. 20 Forage and Feeding Update meeting hosted by the Sheboygan County Forage Council and University of Wisconsin Extension....More
Seventy-two Holstein cows were used to evaluate the effect of starch content in corn silage-based diets on early lactation performance following a shortened (40-day) dry period when a controlled-energy diet was fed....More
Early lactation cows like tall or meadow fescue added as part of the silage portion of their diets. Producers may, too. Milk yields were maintained and, in some cases, even increased by 3-4 lbs/day in University of Wisconsin trials...More
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