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Posts Tagged: Dr. James Coomer

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 […]

feed bunk management

The Value of Good Feed Bunk Management

By Dr. James C. Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S. Feed bunk management represents a very important aspect of the productivity and profitability of all dairy operations. Proper feed bunk management is important for maximizing dry matter intake (DMI) and optimizing production. For each one pound increase in DMI, a cow can produce 1 to 2 lb. more […]

Alfalfa forage

Alfalfa Winterkill – What Do I Do Now?

By Dr. James C. Coomer, Ph.D., PAS There appears to be significant winterkill on alfalfa stands throughout the upper Midwest this year due to the mild winter and lack of snow cover to protect the plants. If you are among those experiencing significant winterkill on your alfalfa crop then you are probably asking the question […]

By-Product & Alternative Feeds, cattle eating

By-Product & Alternative Feeds

By Dr. James C. Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S. Milk prices have decreased significantly in 2015 and look to be trending similar or lower in 2016, which will cause most dairy producers to consider cost-cutting strategies.  Feed costs are always a prime candidate for reducing expenses since feed costs typically make up about 50% of total cash […]

The Importance of Micro-Minerals: Manganese

The Importance of Micro-Minerals: Manganese

By Dr. James C. Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S. What is Manganese, and Why is it important? Manganese (Mn) is an important trace mineral (required in very small quantities). It is involved in many aspects of both plant and animal life, primarily as an enzyme activator.  One of the most common deficiency symptoms is reduced growth or […]