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.

Fresh Cow Nutritional Needs

Fresh Cow Nutritional Needs

3/27/2018

Fresh cows are the most vulnerable animals in your operation. Giving them a good start after calving profoundly impacts both short-term and long-term herd profits.

As they transition to lactation, nutritional requirements for fresh cows soar while their dry matter intake is low. In addition, demands on body fat and energy reserves are high. Health and metabolic issues such as retained placenta, udder edema, milk fever, displaced abomasum, ketosis and fatty liver syndrome are rampant.

These metabolic disorders can be costly and may result in lost milk production, veterinarian fees, replacement heifer costs and more.

Tags: Nutrition, Transition Cows

Clarity and Fairness: Key Factors in Employee Satisfaction

3/23/2018

Employee management is one of the most challenging aspects of running any business. The challenges are compounded in agriculture, including the dairy industry. First there are the typical challenges – long hours, sometimes extreme conditions, hard physical work, etc. In addition, there are other challenges that do not relate to the work itself. For the most part, frustrations for dairy employees fit into two broad categories: Lack of clarity; and a perceived lack of fairness.

In other words, many dairy workers don’t always know what is expected of them, and, they sometimes feel they are not being treated fairly.

Tags: Management Tips, Managing Employees

Grouping Strategies to Efficiently Utilize Ration Nutrients

Grouping Strategies to Efficiently Utilize Ration Nutrients

3/8/2018

Dairy farmers might be overfeeding a large proportion of lactating cows when the same ration is fed to a large group of animals. Diets are normally formulated to provide enough nutrients to the most productive animals, but may result in giving extra nutrients to less productive individuals due to inefficient nutrient utilization.

Tags: Feeding Strategies

Cows Crave Consistent Feed

Cows Crave Consistent Feed

3/5/2018

Cows crave consistency. Milking time, udder prep, feed delivery, animal care and handling, reproduction and the nutrients delivered in the ration should be the same day in and day out.

Tags: Feeding Strategies

Do's and Don'ts of Feed Rations During Low Milk Prices

Do's and Don'ts of Feed Rations During Low Milk Prices

3/1/2018

Feed represents more than half of a typical dairy’s operating costs. When milk prices decline, cutting feed costs is often a tempting first strategy for producers and their nutrition consultants. However, when it comes to nutrition management, short-term cost cutting may lead to long-term and expensive consequences.

Tags: Feeding Strategies, Milk Prices

Burning Questions to Save Money on Feed Costs

Burning Questions to Save Money on Feed Costs

2/28/2018

Low milk prices can have a real impact on dairy farmers. When this occurs, cash becomes short and farmers have to make some tough decisions. They start to look for ways to reduce expenses while also maintaining milk production.

Typically, the biggest expense for a dairy farm is feed costs – both purchased and farm-produced.

Tags: Feed Costs, Feeding Strategies

Winter Calf Health

Winter Calf Health: New Research

2/26/2018

Research funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) has identified cold-weather strategies for attention by dairy calf managers.

Tags: Calf Health

Teach Employees What They Don't Know They Need

Teach Employees What They Don't Know They Need

2/19/2018

You’ve probably gone through various training scenarios with your employee teams and feel like your employees have the skills and knowledge to fulfill their job duties. Employees themselves might think they’re prepared as well. But in a study published in Harvard Business Review of employees across an array of industries, between 20% and 40% of employees are actually “unconsciously incompetent.” That is, your employees might think they know what they’re doing, but they actually don’t.

Tags: Management Tips, Managing Employees

Vitamin A & E Costs Skyrocketing

Vitamin A & E Costs Skyrocketing

2/15/2018

Skyrocketing costs of Vitamin A and E—up six times for A and three times for E, and in some areas even multiples of that—mean dairy farmers will likely have to prioritize which cows receive full supplementation.

Tags: Feed Costs

Labor on dairy farms is an issue as farms keep getting bigger.

So You Need Some Extra Labor Force on the Farm?

2/13/2018

As the American farm continues to grow and evolve, the need for extra labor within these operations is also exhibiting the same parallel trend. Unfortunately, many of us as agriculture producers did not sign on to become human resource managers, when we entered into the occupation of agricultural production.

Tags: Labor, Management Tips