By Ben Jensen, Apr 07, 2020
Baleage has become a common term on farms throughout the country, as it is now one of the most popular ways of harvesting and storing feed — but what is baleage?..READ MORE ›
By Angie Golombeski, Ph.D., Mar 26, 2020
The 2019 growing and harvest season presented many challenges for farmers. Substantial rainfall in the spring made it difficult to get into fields and delayed planting. Late harvest was also common, as frequent rainfall delayed the harvest season, resulting in forages being put up under less than ideal conditions...READ MORE ›
By Ellan Dufour, M.S., Feb 19, 2020
Superior calf performance begins during the birthing process and is followed by quality care of the newborn calf. ..READ MORE ›
By Jon Pretz, PH.D., Jan 28, 2020
Incorporating soybeans and their byproducts into dairy cattle rations is a fairly common practice. Soybeans are an excellent source of essential amino acids and complement most forages, but they do have some limitations...READ MORE ›
By Ellan Dufour, M.S., Nov 25, 2019
As is true for all mammals, the umbilical cord serves as the pathway from the dam’s bloodstream to the calf’s bloodstream and liver, offering nourishment and waste removal during gestation...READ MORE ›
By Angie Golombeski, Ph.D., Nov 14, 2019
Evaluating a successful calf-raising program consists of monitoring both calf health and calf performance. ..READ MORE ›
By Jon Pretz, PH.D., Oct 02, 2019
Over the past several years, on-farm income for dairy producers has been less than ideal due to lower-than-average milk prices nationwide. In order to remain in business during tough times, it is sometimes necessary to turn to novel nutritional strategies when considering ways to increase feed efficiency and lower the cost of production. ..READ MORE ›
By Jon Pretz, PH.D., Sep 19, 2019
Optimizing milkfat is advantageous for both the performance of the animal and the profitability of the farm. In current dairy economics, butterfat continues to account for more than half of the producer’s milk check. ..READ MORE ›
By Ellan Dufour, M.S., Aug 27, 2019
For both ethical and economic reasons, the push to reduce antibiotic use in calf-raising facilities continues to increase, and new research attempts to illustrate various ways that calf managers can implement realistic and sensible disease-prevention strategies in their calf raising programs...READ MORE ›