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.

An Improved Outlook For 2020

An Improved Outlook For 2020

12/31/2019

The past year has certainly been an interesting one. Milk prices began the year very low, but then ended at a five-year high. The rally of Class III milk prices through the end of the year was a surprising one due to the fundamentals that dominated much of the year. 

Tags: Markets

Manage Milking Efficiency

Manage Milking Efficiency

12/26/2019

To reduce mastitis and maintain milk quality, producers need to keep milking equipment in good working condition. However, milking efficiency should be considered from two other perspectives, the amount of time the milking cluster is attached to the udder (unit on time) and the percent of unit on time that milk is flowing at or near maximum. 

Tags: Management Tips, Milk Quality

3 Milk Market Factors To Watch In 2020

3 Milk Market Factors To Watch In 2020

12/18/2019

The factors that drive milk prices are often complex. Dairy farmers recently walked through a three-year cycle of low prices, and while they significantly improved in the fourth quarter of 2019, questions about 2020 remain. 

Analysts say prices could range from $16 to $19.50 next year. 

Tags: Market News, Markets, Milk Market

How To Effectively Use Video Monitoring On The Dairy

How To Effectively Use Video Monitoring On The Dairy

12/11/2019

Whether dairy video systems save time or waste money depends on several factors. 

Tags: Technology

"If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.”

Farm It Out: Delegation Strategies

12/3/2019

“If you want to do a few things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.”

These are powerful words from leadership expert John C. Maxwell. We’ve all heard about the benefits of delegation. Yet, few excel at it. As the leader of your farm, it’s critical you spend your time on only key tasks. 

Tags: Employee Management, Management Strategies

Here's the No. 1 reason why employees quit their jobs

Here's the No. 1 reason why employees quit their jobs

11/21/2019

If you go to work every day just going through the motions, you aren’t alone. According to Gallup, only 33 percent of employees are engaged at work.

So, how can nearly 70 percent of the workforce be disengaged?

Tags: Management Tips, Managing Employees

Maximizing Feed Intake: Key for Transition Cow Success

Maximizing Feed Intake: Key for Transition Cow Success

11/13/2019

The transition period, known as the three weeks before and after parturition, is one of the most challenging times for dairy cows, since they face numerous physiological challenges such as increased energy demands, decreased dry matter intake and impaired immune system, among others. These challenges make cows highly susceptible to metabolic (e.g., hypocalcemia and ketosis) and infectious (e.g., metritis) diseases. Ketosis and hypocalcemia are prevalent metabolic diseases affecting dairy cattle that are known as “gateway” diseases, because they increase the risk of other diseases and losses by affecting cow dry matter intake and impairing immune system functions. Therefore, efforts in transition cow management should be primarily aimed at preventing and monitoring these two conditions.

Tags: Feeding Strategies; Transition Cows

This Is Not A Typical Year For Corn Silage

This Is Not A Typical Year For Corn Silage

10/16/2019

Climate change or weather cycles drive nutrition at the farm level.  This year’s spring was wetter than usual causing crop planting dates to be from on the early side to very late depending on where you farm.  Often the weather extremes have been in the same area, or even on the same farm.  

Tags: Corn Silage

Dairy Markets are healthier than years past

Dairy Markets are healthier than years past

10/11/2019

Tighter global milk supplies will provide a firm floor under dairy product prices over the next 12 months. Class III and Class IV contracts are unlikely to spend much — if any — time below $16 per cwt. 

However, the ceiling may not be lofty. The global economy appears to be softening, and a strong currency and eradic trade policy have put U.S. dairy exports at a disadvantage. As long as these factors remain in play, demand will fade noticeably as prices rise, keeping rallies in check. 

Tags: Markets

Dry Cow Management Basics 101

Dry Cow Management Basics 101

9/10/2019

It’s pretty basic stuff: The next lactation starts at the end of the previous lactation.

But what does that actually mean: “Dry cow and pre-freshening feeding and management programs directly impact post-calving health, production, reproduction and profitability,” says Donna Amaral-Phillips, a dairy specialist with the University of Kentucky.

“We are even learning that these feeding and management programs can affect the fetus and the fetus’ future performance,” she says.

Tags: Management Tips; Transition Cows