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15Feb 2015

Feeding the 2014 corn silage crop

By |February 15th, 2015|Published Articles|

"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 seeing much better results with this new harvest. So much so that many farms with 2013 corn silage inventory left have started blending the 2014 corn silage into their feeding programs and are seeing better production and improved components." Download the Full Article Read Online at Progressive Dairy

15Apr 2014

The unforgettable 2013 corn crop

By |April 15th, 2014|Published Articles|

"The 2013 corn crop continues to limit milk production in many parts of the country, mainly because of its heavy bushel test weight. Reports of 60-pound bushel weights are commonplace this year. The starch content of this heavy test-weight corn is slow to ferment in the rumen, which lowers the amount of the volatile fatty acid (VFA) propionate produced as compared to a more typical corn starch year." Download the Full Article Read Online at Progressive Dairy

15Dec 2013

What the forage challenges of 2012 and 2013 taught us

By |December 15th, 2013|Published Articles|

"The 2013 weather continued the forage woes of U.S. dairy producers. The late-March warm-up in the upper Midwest, followed by freezing rain and then a major cold snap in early April, led to winterkill of alfalfa and ryegrass across large sections of central Iowa, through southern Minnesota, central Wisconsin and into central Michigan. This area represents nearly 20 percent of the U.S. dairy cow numbers. Several areas in Pennsylvania and New York also experienced small pockets of winterkill of alfalfa in key dairy areas. This weather severely decreased the acres available

15Nov 2013

Levers of financial performance by JJ Degan

By |November 15th, 2013|Published Articles|

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” —William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company Hewlett suggests that in order to effectively manage something, you need to be able to measure and monitor your progression or regression. Solid accounting practices and financial statements provide the means to measure the profitability of your business. However, all of the accrual accounting practices and fancy financial ratios are meaningless if you don’t know how to use the information to change performance. Download the Full Article Read Online at Progressive Dairy

29Jul 2013

What should your veterinarian and nutritionist be discussing? by Brian Gerloff

By |July 29th, 2013|Published Articles|

Effective communication between a dairy herd’s advisers can greatly enhance its performance. The herd veterinarian and nutritionist are usually both key individuals that have a vested interest in a dairy’s success, and making sure they are both working together as effective team members to evaluate current programs and set new goals is a mark of most successful dairies. Download the Full Article Read Online at Progressive Dairy

29Apr 2013

Newer forage analyses enable more precise ration balancing by Dr. Tim Snyder

By |April 29th, 2013|Published Articles|

A key part of your nutritionist’s role is to understand and properly utilize forage and feed analysis results from labs. That is a complex task. Over the past several years, I have been involved with a group of labs that developed definitions for over 125 items that can be reported on forage analysis reports. Download the Full Article Read Online at Progressive Dairy

29Apr 2013

Where should you spend? Selecting the best investment by JJ Degan

By |April 29th, 2013|Published Articles|

Joe Dairyman has a dilemma. Joe has to decide whether he will build another 200-cow freestall barn or purchase and install five large feed bins. He does not have enough money to make both investments. Assuming that Joe’s goal is to pick the option that gives him the most economic benefit, how should he decide which investment to make? Download the Full Article Read Online at Progressive Dairy

28Feb 2013

Options for handling forage shortages

By |February 28th, 2013|Published Articles|

The drought of 2012 left most farms, in a large part of the county, short on forage inventory either because they harvested less tonnage or their forage supplier has less tons to sell. Record-high replacement forage cost makes purchasing unpalatable or decreases already thin profit margins with higher feed cost. I get asked many questions about strategies for stretching current forage inventories and economical ways to get adequate fiber levels into cows. My answer is simple: harvest it, buy it or stretch it. Download the Full Article Read Online