Feed Quality


Have kernel processing scores topped out?


"I believe dairy farmers and forage harvesters are just like top-tier athletes. There is a strong competitive nature that contributes toward advancements in our industry."

Dr. Goeser   Director of nutritional research and innovation with Rock River Lab Inc., Watertown, Wis., Adjunct assistant professor, dairy science department, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tags: Corn Silage, Feed Costs, Feed Quality

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.”

Tags: Feed Management, Feed Quality, Feeding Strategies

Managing Mycotoxins in Dairy Rations


Compared to previous years it seems that the 2020 corn crop has lower incidence of mycotoxin contamination, but even in good years we must still be on guard to prevent mycotoxin growth and contamination.

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Get What You Pay For


Feed prices have escalated over the last year. This is enough of a problem, but what if you aren’t getting the quality – or even the feed ingredients – that you are paying for? Here are some simple guidelines to ensure you are receiving the ingredients that you paid for.

Tags: Feed Costs, Feed Quality

Why Test Forage Quality?


Testing is done in an effort to improve animal nutrition and consequently animal production. Analytical procedures that previously required a week, or more, to complete can now be done in less than 10 minutes.

Tags: Feed Quality