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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. Kendall Guither, a six-time balage division champion at the World Dairy Expo’s […]

Fatty Acid Supplementing

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 of the […]

Risk Factors for Low Colostrum

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 Basics

Taking a Fresh Look at a Farm Grace Thomas, M.Agr.Sc. PAS When everything is going well, it is easy to become complacent. It is best not to wait for something to go wrong before looking at farm management practices, as an error could be very costly. A step back is often required in order to […]

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A Look at Feed Additives for Beef Cattle

By Dr. Aimee Hafla, Ph.D., PAS Increasing consumer pressure to reduce or eliminate the use of antibiotics continues to motivate livestock producers to evaluate novel feed additives that offer health and production benefits, but do not require veterinary oversight. However, sorting through the growing selection of products and ingredients can leave even a well-versed nutritionist […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Nebraska Flooding & Nutrition

The recent flooding in Nebraska had serious consequences on nutrition. Last month, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota were hit with record levels of flooding. Not only did this close highways, flood homes, and cause millions in damage, but it also heavily affected farming in the Central Plains. Many people don’t think about flood […]

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