Methane-reducing Feed Additives and Their Effectiveness
"Climate change, greenhouse gases (GHG) and methane are a few topics we are hearing more and more about in the news today. There has been a global push to
Ration Similarities in Herds Averaging Over 100 Pounds of Milk
"Every four or five years, our company surveys the herds we consult that are averaging over 100 pounds of milk to see what can be learned from this elite
The 2019 Corn Crop: A Quality Conundrum
"At first glance, the 2019 corn crop looks very similar to the 2018 corn crop. Based on over 1,600 samples from a commercial feed lab, the crude protein (CP),
Ode to Gramps
"If I have been on your farm in the past three decades, you most likely heard me quote my grandfather on my mother’s side. He was the cow guy
How I Work: A day in the life of a dairy nutritionist
“No two days in my life are the same. I work with a very diverse group of nutritionists and dairy producers so that no two days repeat themselves. Let
There can be issues with corn silage replacements
"What makes modern corn silage such a great lactation cow forage? This feed is incredibly consistent, taking some of the variability out of the daily ration, and cows respond
Methane emissions and their correlation to feed choices – why do we care?
"The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to livestock production, of which 37 percent is
What does feeding the 2016 silage crop look like?
"Gas and brakes.” Have you ever imagined, as you are feeding forage to your dairy cattle, that you are pressing a “gas pedal” or a “brake pedal”? Kurt Cotanch,
Feeding silages containing butyric acid
"This and last year’s cool, wet springs added to the challenge of making high-quality forage. With higher moistures than desired, low sugar content and higher ash levels sometimes resulted
100-pound herds: What are the secrets to their success?
"Over the years I’ve had the privilege of working with and visiting a number of herds across the country that were producing 100 pounds of milk or more per
Where are the milk bandits on your farm?
"Several research studies say that for every extra hour our lactating cows lie down in a 24-hour cycle, they produce about 3 extra pounds of milk with similar dry
Feeding the 2014 corn silage crop
"The nightmare is over. Many U.S. dairy farms have finally run out of their 2013 corn silage and have begun to feed the 2014 corn silage, and they are