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Posts Categorized: Dairy Nutrition

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Understanding Fecal Starch

Are you missing out on energy? By Dr. Aimee Hafla, Ph.D., P.A.S. In the United States, the grain component of feedlot rations accounts for 50 to 90% of the diet dry matter and is typically comprised of starchy cereal grains like corn, barley, or wheat. (Samuelson et al., 2016). Starch is a nutrient that packs […]

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Are You Short on Forages?

Avoiding Forage Disasters By Dr. James Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S Most of the United States dealt with some type of forage disaster in 2019 and some in the eastern US and the western US have dealt with drought this year.  The drought this year has negatively affected alfalfa yields and may have negatively affected corn silage […]

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Making Balage: Can Good Silage Come in Small Packages?

By Dr. Gene P. Gengelbach, Ph.D., P.A.S. Making balage is becoming an increasingly popular form for making and storing high-quality forage. Once thought of as a “rescue” for hay that wouldn’t dry, now it is becoming an integral part of many forage operations. In fact, Kendall Guither, a six-time balage division champion at the World […]

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Fatty Acids& Supplementing

Fatty Acids By Dr. Dave Jones, Ph.D., P.A.S. Fatty acids are components of lipid molecules most commonly stored in the form of a triglyceride (1 glycerol, 3 fatty acids). The nutritionally important component of fats are the fatty acids and they serve many different functions: – Source of energy – Affect breeding proficiency – Modulators […]

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Low Colostrum Risk Factors

By Dr. Dan Schauff, Ph.D., P.A.S. Supplying newborn calves with adequate quantity and quality of colostrum can greatly impact future health, growth and milk production of heifer calves. However, colostrum production and quality can vary considerably between cows and seasons of the year. Occasionally, our Nutrition Department will get queries concerning why cows have significantly […]

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The Importance of Fat Soluble Vitamins in Ruminant Diets

By Dr. Louisa Koch, Ph.D., P.A.S. Vitamins are organic compounds that are required in small quantities and are essential for the maintenance of life. Rising feed costs and lower profit margins may motivate some producers to limit vitamin and trace mineral inclusion. However, supplementation of adequate vitamin levels in the diet is pivotal to the […]

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Back to Cow Basics

Taking a Fresh Look at a Farm By Grace Thomas, M.Agr.Sc. PAS When everything is going well, it is easy to become complacent. Cow basics may appear efficient, for instance. However, it is best not to wait for something to go wrong before looking at farm management practices, as an error could be very costly. […]

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Hot Topics from the 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting

By Dr. James Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S. The 2019 annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) was recently held in Cincinnati, OH with almost 2,000 dairy industry professionals in attendance.  There were over 1,100 scientific presentations made either orally or by poster presentation (about 550 of each type).  There were over 340 presentations related […]

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Moldy Feed Can Sicken Livestock

It’s no secret that the weather in the Midwest has been high in precipitation this year. All of this rain and extra moisture can cause feed and pastures to become moldy. Storage units, bales, and land have all been flooded for months and it doesn’t take much for that water to ruin your livestock’s feed. […]

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Forage Fast or Fast Forage?

By Gene P. Gengelbach, Ph.D. PAS Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…  Last year (2018) U.S. hay and haylage production were down 6% from the prior year, and quality was below average in many regions due to untimely rains interrupting the normal harvest schedule.  Couple that with the extreme winter weather that […]