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.

NOBIS AGRI SCIENCE SUMMER HEAT TIPS

NOBIS AGRI SCIENCE SUMMER HEAT TIPS

5/25/2022

The primary reason cows decrease milk production during hot weather is that the cows eat less. Since cows will be consuming less as temperatures increase, increasing the energy density of the diet can in part compensate for the decrease in dry matter intake.

We at Nobis Agri Science (NAS) have a strategy to have "HEAT STRESS" rations ready to implement when the HIGH HEAT INDEXES strike your dairy. Ask your nutritionist to prepare you for the heat with the proper ration.

Tags: Management Tips; Heat Stress

Variation can unlock profit potential

Variation can unlock profit potential

5/24/2022

The term variation has been deemed a negative in our dairy nutrition tribal language. We need to change our language and understanding of this term. “Variation is an opportunity!”

Variation is attributable to different things, with some being really important to cash flow. The economically meaningful variation comes to light when enough data is collected and trends or impact factors are identified. This variation then becomes something that we can manage to our benefit.

Tags: Management Tips, Markets

First cutting: Resources for success in 2022

First cutting: Resources for success in 2022

5/3/2022

First cutting of a perennial hay crop offers the opportunity to capture high quantity and quality, but timely harvest can be met with a number of obstacles. This fact sheet provides links to several current resources to aid in successful decision making for the upcoming season.

Tags: Harvest, Management Tips

How to feed your dairy herd under extreme volatility

How to feed your dairy herd under extreme volatility

4/28/2022

Volatility: friend or foe?

From labor, to equipment, to dairy supplies, to feed availability, and even prices — volatility is a new normal for us to manage in our dairy businesses. Some have cast volatility in a negative light. However, with change comes opportunity! Remain steadfast in seeking the positive with the undeniably changing dairy business landscape ahead. Despite volatility and changes, there are exciting times ahead for our dairy industry. Consumers throughout the world continue to demand more nutritious dairy protein and butterfat, and our industry is poised to deliver!

Tags: Feeding Strategies, Management Tips

Managing Producer Expectations: Seasonal Effects on Milk Components

Managing Producer Expectations: Seasonal Effects on Milk Components

4/27/2022

There is a common business adage that “what gets measured gets managed.” Every day, our nutritionists are digging into your data to identify optimal solutions for your herd. One data point we’re asked about each spring is what to do about decreases in milk component percentages as the days get longer and hotter.  

Tags: Milk Components

Mitigating Heat Stress in Dry Cows

Mitigating Heat Stress in Dry Cows

4/26/2022

Warmer weather is on the horizon, and the increase in environmental temperature seriously impacts animal productivity. Data has revealed that heat stress not only affects current lactation of dairy cows but also suppresses future milk production when dairy cows experience it during the dry period or in utero. 

Tags: Management Tips; Heat Stress

The Milk Check Podcast: HOW WILL DEMAND REACT TO HIGH DAIRY PRICES? AND ARE THEY AS HIGH AS THEY SEEM?

4/6/2022
Check out this 27 minute podcast episode on HOW WILL DEMAND REACT TO HIGH DAIRY PRICES? AND ARE THEY AS HIGH AS THEY SEEM?
Between widespread inflation and rising interest rates, the economy hasn’t been in a remotely similar situation since at least the 80s. The discussion touches on potential for a European recession, how interest rate increases affect nonfat trade with Mexico, milk consumption expectations and the barriers to a rapid supply response to record-high prices.

Tags: Milk Check, Podcast

Evaluating Feed Effciency For Your Dairy's Profitability

Evaluating Feed Efficiency For Your Dairy's Profitability

3/31/2022

In dairy cows, feed efficiency is the amount of milk produced per pound of dry matter consumed. In other words, it helps producers understand how efficiently their cows are transforming feed into milk.

Calculating feed costs can result in more cost-efficient rations, while calculating feed efficiency can help producers more objectively evaluate rations and production over time. This is especially important when input costs are high but returns are low.

Tags: Feed Costs; Management Tips

Laying the Foundation For Your Team's Future Success

Laying the Foundation For Your Team's Future Success

3/31/2022

With unemployment rates below 5% again, labor shortages are prominent. In addition to scarce numbers of candidates, the need to find and retain good employees is further threatened by turnover, injuries, poor performance and noncompliance with regulations.

In that labor environment, it’s important to make the best out of every employment relationship – from the start – to successfully operate a dairy business. High-level, planned onboarding can increase each employee’s perceived organizational support, organization commitment and job satisfaction.

Tags: Employee Management

Using a Feed Additive Audit to Control Feed Costs

Using a Feed Additive Audit to Control Feed Costs

3/30/2022

On the modern dairy operation, feed costs are the highest input expense, making up 40% to 60% of all expenses.

In order to maximize feed dollars spent, dairy operations purchase and harvest high-quality forages, store them properly, look to reduce shrink and practice good feedbunk management. They are also tuned into the marketplace so, when they lock in feed contracts, they know they are getting the best possible price. And yet, while feed costs will vary year to year, the nutrients a cow needs to produce high-quality milk don’t change. It’s that reality that makes it hard to cut feed costs when necessary or control feed costs month to month. However, ration ingredients beyond the macro- and micronutrient needs can and should be examined regularly.  With that in mind, let’s look at how you can audit feed additives in a ration to help balance your feed bill with your herd’s nutrient needs.

Tags: Feed Costs; Management Tips