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.

5 Milk Quality Indicators

5/1/2018

When prices are low, making quality milk is more important than ever to capture any quality premiums. This article lists the five primary indicators of milk quality and where measurements should be on your farm.

Tags: Milk Quality

Optimizing Labor Efficiency

Optimizing Labor Efficiency

4/18/2018

Dairy farms everywhere are operating in a tight economic environment, and it is critical to control expenses and maximize income. Labor represents the second-largest category of expense, after feed, for most dairy farms.

With labor representing such a large share of expense, it’s critical for managers to get the most value from their investment. Managers must focus on the fundamentals of performance management first, then pay attention to the many detailed areas that add up to productivity and profitability at the margin.

Tags: Management Tips, Managing Employees

Helping Employees Through Low Milk Prices

Helping Employees Through Low Milk Prices

4/17/2018

The challenging times brought about by depressed milk prices have been felt by all in the dairy industry. While it may affect farm owners most directly, the results have their way of trickling down through the farm. If they haven’t already, your employees are likely to be affected by these lean times as well.

Tags: Employee Management, Management Tips

5 Tips to Maximize Dairy Profitability

5 Tips to Maximize Dairy Profitability

4/13/2018

As a dairy producer, you know cost control is important on a dairy, but the ultimate goal is profit. In most cases, when you add more milk, you will gain more profit. This may seem obvious, but many producers automatically assume more milk will come with more costs, such as feed, water, facilities and labor. While this generally will be the case, i.e., costs increase, the value of the added milk is greater than the added costs and thus profits increase.

Tags: Dairy Profitability, Management Tips

Feed is the biggest category of the input budget; therefore the biggest target f

A Cost Control Checklist

4/12/2018

There is no joy at the feed bunk. Everyone’s focus is how to keep costs down. Feed is the biggest category of the input budget; therefore the biggest target for tightening costs.

Tags: Feeding Strategies, Management Tips

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