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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.

What to Do and Not to Do to Endure Financial Tough Times

Producers are challenged paying the bills with the lack-lusting prices that have shown up on milk checks this summer. Independent financial consultant, Gary Sipiorski, shares six tips to focus on during financial tough times. 

Keep Farm Employees Safe Around Large Equipment Accidents can happen in a blink of an eye.

Unfortunately, we all know someone who has been hurt or even killed in a farm-related accident. It happens all too often, with agriculture ranking as one of the top deadliest industries to work in. According to a 2019 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, 573 fatalities, or an equivalent of 23.1 deaths per 100,000 workers, occur on the farm each year. And sadly, that number continues to rise.

Is Your Farm Equipped to Raise Beef-on-Dairy?

Similar to raising dairy calves, beef-on-dairy calves should be kept in a clean, dry environment. According to Tara Felix, extension beef specialist for Pennsylvania State University, most dairy beef starter calves are housed in individual stalls at least 24 inches wide until they are 9 to 10 weeks of age. After that the calves can be maintained in larger group pens of up to 25 animals.

Pricing standing corn silage: What is a reasonable price?

Pricing standing corn for silage can be challenging. There are no widely quoted market prices for this particular crop and values are often based on relative feed value or comparison to other crops, such as corn grain or hay. 

Pricing of corn for the seller should take into account the value of grain, the fertilizer cost incurred and harvest costs saved. Corn silage in the field can be valued at eight to 10 times the price of corn per grain bushel. 

Silage Safety: A year-round job

Silage Safety: A year-round job

Silage piles and bunkers are common fixtures around livestock operations, but even the most experienced crews can become complacent. Simple safety reminders can help reduce the potential of injury for both farm employees and visitors. “It’s important for every visitor to clearly understand basic safety as soon as they enter the farm,” says Bob Charley, Ph.D.,…

Tar spot confirmed in Monroe County: Should you be concerned?

Lesions on a corn leaf above show the hard black raised centers of tar spot lesions. Although the prolonged dryness throughout May and June appears to have slowed tar spot development thus far, morning dews, lingering fogs and rainy days provide extended periods of leaf wetness and can drive disease severity. | Photo by Marty Chilvers, MSU


Would your corn crop benefit from mid-season adjustments?

Walk fields with your agronomist and talk about investing in fungicide applications to maintain plant health. We’ve observed an uptick in fiber digestibility the last year, which I think is partly attributable to improved plant health.

Take note of the tasseling date and then sit down with your calendar to circle the date range 40 to 60 days after the average tasseling date for your fields. Corn historically has been ready for silage around 45 days post tasseling; however, I’ve learned from Todd Schaumburg and other experienced agronomists that better plant health has widened this window out. More on that later. Start intensively monitoring corn with your agronomist during this 20-day window later in the season.

Train the people behind the cows

Producing high-quality milk is a labor intense job, yet it is a product that doesn’t receive a high payment compared to other industries. Although pay is a high motivator to stay at a job, employees are often more successful and retained at higher rates if training is offered. Training helps satisfy that need to develop and challenge their own set of skills and makes them feel a sense of ownership to the farm. In addition to training, how can the dairy industry stay competitive in this tight labor market?

Pour Hydration to Heat-stressed Calves

When calves are born, their bodies are made up of about 80% water. As they grow, they need to consume about 10% of their bodyweight in water daily.

5 Reasons Producers Are Financially Better Positioned Now Compared to 2014

History likes to repeat itself. Prior to last year, the last time milk prices were great was in 2014 and we all know what followed—lackluster milk prices that challenged producers. Learning from previous financial hardships, Curtis Gerrits, a senior dairy leading specialist with Compeer Financial, outlines five points explaining why dairy producers are better positioned today vs. 2014.

Five Tips for Reining in Feed Costs

Waning milk prices, persistently high feed costs, and spotty feed inventories appear to be the emerging financial story of the 2023 U.S. dairy industry. The delicate dance between preserving production and attempting to curb input costs will remain a challenge this year. Visalia, Calif.-based VAS offers these tips to trim dairy feed bills in the current economic…

The factors that help Deluur Dairy excel at transition cow care

Deluur Dairy invested in a new transition cow facility in 2018 and placed top priority on the health and performance of both the cow and its calf. A quiet space, room to rest, and cow-friendly attention to detail enhanced animal wellness and performance. Nobis Agri Science is happy to partner with great farms like Deluur…

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