Forage Quality

Safe, Efficient, and Effective Silage Piles

8/23/2021

High-quality forage is the essential foundation upon which every good dairy diet is built. The final step of harvest – and one of the most critical steps – is to effectively cover and seal our bunkers and piles to limit oxygen and protect the forages.

Tags: Farm Safety, Forage Quality, Silage Safety

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This Year's Corn Silage Could Dry Down Quick

8/20/2021

Michigan and the Great Lakes Region have experienced less drought than the Upper Midwest, but that does not mean we should be sitting on our heels. Make extra efforts this year to optimize the value currently standing in the field.

Tags: Corn Silage, Forage Quality

Forages can make or break production

6/23/2021

Optimal output requires optimal input when it comes to milk production and feeding dairy cows. Well-balanced rations are often what separate the top-producing herds from the rest.

Tags: Forage Quality, Milk Output

Forage fiber digestibility drives milk income

2/17/2021

Pounds of milkfat and milk protein shipped, also known as milk component yield (MCY), accounts for more than 75% of the milk check. The good news is: Producers can start making changes almost immediately – milk composition is highly influenced by the ration and feeding management. One of the keys to achieving this goal is closely managing neutral detergent fiber digestibility (NDFD) in the ensiled forage base of the ration.

Tags: Feedbunk Management, Forage Quality

Forage Quality Drives Milk Production

Forage Quality Drives Milk Production

7/20/2017

Forage quality is key to high levels of milk production in these herds that surpass 30,000 lb/milk/cow.

Tags: Forage Quality, Milk Production