Feed Management

The small steps that save them feed


As corn silage and fourth crop haylage are being packed into bunkers, piles, and silos, now is a good time to be thinking about ways to reduce feed losses in the year ahead. That was the topic of discussion during a recent Iowa State Extension “Dairy News and Views” podcast.

Ethan Wise of Foresight Farms in Decorah, Iowa, shared a few practices they implemented on their farm to help reduce shrink. When it comes to understanding the value of feed, Wise said, “Probably one of the biggest problems is the gap between management and who is doing the mixing, and that person knowing what that feed costs.”

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Assessing the True Cost of TMR Variability


We know TMR variability exists, and evaluating the true extent and impact of this can be a large task. But reducing variability leads to money saved.

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Tips for Transitioning a New Corn Silage Crop into the Diet


Patience, knowing the nutrient differences between crops, and monitoring cows will help make the transition to the 2021 corn silage crop a success.

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Pile Guide: silage surface and face management


Robinson’s advice for producers is to use a thin plastic underlay film, build piles with silage faces that are matched to silage need and install a rock line around the bottom of the pile at pile covering.

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Maintain Quality and Consistency in Your Feeding Program


The consistency of the ration, and feed and nutrition management, have influential impacts on the health of your herd and the operation’s bottom line.

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Evaluating feed costs during times of high commodity prices


Outlined below are several factors to consider to help improve your ration economics while maintaining milk yield.

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Impact of starch digestibility rates on nutrition model predictions


Undigested starch is useless to the dairy cow. Especially when corn prices are high, one goal should be to minimize starch losses in manure.

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How you feed matters too


Feed costs make up nearly 50 percent of your total cost of milk production. Not mixing TMRs correctly or not delivering them on time will cost you milk which will bump up feed cost per unit of milk.

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Feed mixing and delivery: The importance of maximizing accuracy


Feed mixing and delivery is one of the most important activities on the dairy. Mixing and feeding a total mixed ration (TMR) is a multiple-times-per-day activity. Doing this job accurately and consistently time and time again, batch after batch and day after day is critical to production, animal health and overall farm economics.

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Congress Introduces Bill to Address Feed Shortages After Disasters


The legislation provides greater flexibility to farmers and ranchers during this planting season when high levels of prevent plant are happening because of extreme moisture or drought.

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