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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 […]

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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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Keep Rations Simple

Today’s nutritional technology and knowledge make it easy to overlook the basics of dairy cow nutrition. This, in turn, makes it possible to complicate a ration with the inclusion of too many commodities. Don’t forget the basics. Dairy cows require nutrients and not feed ingredients.

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How much “Dirt” is in Your Forages?

Minimizing soil content of forages should be the goal of every forage producer and dairy farm. This is because soil contamination of forages can add to the total ash or mineral content, which dilutes the energy and nutritive value of forages.

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What Sets Silo-King Apart?

Are you looking forward to next season? Here’s how you can get a head start and get a deal while you’re at it. Silo-King is Agri-King’s multi-purpose forage and grain treatment program for use on corn silage, haylage, large and small square bales, round bales, baleage, high moisture cracked grains and small grain silages. All […]

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Milk Fat Metrics

More Than Meets the Eye By Dr. Louisa Koch, Ph.D., P.A.S. In today’s dairy markets, milk fat is a primary contributor to the value of milk and is also the most variable component. From an economic standpoint, increasing milk fat by a tenth of a percent can translate to greater income for a dairy operation […]

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Forage Budgeting

What to do if there’s a deficit By Grace Thomas, M.Agr.Sc., P.A.S. As forage makes up over 50% of most dairy cow rations, once harvesting is finished it is a good idea to complete an inventory of all forage on the farm. This will not only determine the level of forage that is available and […]

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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 […]

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Springtime is Hoof King® Time

By Dr. Gene P. Gengelbach, Ph.D., P.A.S. Days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and pastures are starting to green up. The joys of springtime! But spring also brings rain, mud, and wet bedding, all of which can be a challenge to livestock and livestock producers everywhere. This combination of warm and damp […]

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New Agri-King Drench for Stressed Cattle

FULTON, IL (July 26, 2017) — Agri-King is releasing its newest nutrition product for the cattle industry, Agri-King Drench. This product is part of the improved Key Beef Program from Agri-King, Fulton, Ill. The product is an oral symbiotic product created to provide nutritional support to cattle during times of stress using electrolytes, B vitamins, […]

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