The latest news from Nobis Agri Science

The latest news from Nobis Agri Science

Nobis Agri Science is dedicated to providing the best, most progressive services in the agricultural industry. From dairy cow feed manufacturing and ruminant nutrition to nutritional consulting and forage sampling, our team seeks to expand their knowledge through continuous learning and ongoing training. To learn more about our team, our mission and our pursuit to provide the industry's best bulk cow feed, view our news articles below.

Focus on Prefresh During Vitamin Shortage

Focus on Prefresh During Vitamin Shortage

1/17/2018

In the past month, news has come out that vitamin A and E shortages will ring in 2018 as vitamin production was interrupted in late 2017. A plant fire in Germany and shifting production in China caused the perfect storm for dramatically rising vitamin costs that may linger into summer of 2018.

Tags: Feeding Strategies, Transition Cows

Evaluation of Silages: What a Feed Test Means

Evaluation of Silages: What a Feed Test Means

1/15/2018

There a few factors that are important as producers start to look at the key features in a lab analysis that might be important to help them make decisions about how to use silages in a particular diet and the value of those silages.

Tags: Management Tips

Caring for the Lactating Dairy Herd in Extreme Cold

Caring for the Lactating Dairy Herd in Extreme Cold

1/12/2018

Caring for the lactating dairy herd in extreme cold conditions also has its challenges. If not properly cared for producers may see a decline in performance including total milk production, increasing somatic cell counts due to mastitis, losses in reproductive efficiency and even decreased growth in young first calf heifers if the extreme cold continues for extended periods of time.

Tags: Management Tips; Winter Care

4 Steps to Lower Feed Costs

4 Steps to Lower Feed Costs

1/10/2018

Emotional decisions that impact cash flow can hurt more today than when prices are higher. During low milk prices, decisions are driven with emotion, but today it needs to be different. Decisions must be measured and well thought out.

Because feed costs are typically 50% to 60% of total operating expenses, we need to generate the most milk margin per cow while maintaining health and reproduction. Decisions on how to feed cows should be made with those objectives in mind.

Tags: Feed Costs, Feeding Strategies, Management Tips

According to Rabobank, several situations need to be watched in the new year.

Dairy Market: What to expect in 2018

1/4/2018

Global milk supplies grew, butterfat prices went sky high and skim milk powder prices remained depressed. This is in short what the global dairy sector experienced in the last 2 quarters of 2017.

Tags: Dairy Market

How to Keep OSHA From Meddling in Your Farm's Safety Program

How to Keep OSHA From Meddling in Your Farm's Safety Program

12/28/2017

Farm safety is not always at the top of the worker’s mind, especially when time is of the essence during the most critical times of the year, like planting and harvest. Due to more movement, often longer hours and increased machine operation, these times tend to be the most dangerous.

The words “farm safety” often brings the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to mind, and that makes very few people excited.

Tags: Farm Safety, Management Tips

Undercover Videos Aren't Going Away, Here's How to Protect Yourself

Undercover Videos Aren't Going Away, Here's How to Protect Yourself

12/22/2017

Over the last couple of months, an animal activist group released undercover videos shot on dairy farms. These investigative videos show damaging images. At the end of the video the group asks the viewers to say, “no to all dairy products ... choose a plant based diet.”

Tags: Management Tips

One of the most influential factors regarding immune function is nutrition.

How Feeding Affects Cow Health

12/19/2017

Numerous factors influence immune function, including genetics, hormones and oxidative stress. However, one of the most influential factors regarding immune function is nutrition.

Tags: Feeding Strategies, Nutrition

Dairy Cows Need Lots of Water to Produce Milk

Dairy Cows Need Lots of Water to Produce Milk

12/13/2017

Dairy cows require large quantities of water to produce milk. Therefore, it is important for dairy producers to provide plenty of water within a convenient location to keep their herd well hydrated.

 

Tags: Milk Production

Forage Analysis: What Numbers Do I Need

Forage Analysis: What Numbers Do I Need

12/6/2017

One the more common questions with regard to analytical testing of forages and other feedstuffs is, “I have the sample, now what do I test for or what analysis package should I select?”

Tags: Forage, Management Tips