Forages

Forages During Extended Milk Price Woes

Forages During Extended Milk Price Woes

7/25/2018

The squeeze on dairy profitability has been getting tighter, and the length of this downturn is exhausting both the financial and emotional state of many farms. “What can I do?” is a common question.

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Forages for the Farm

Forages For the Farm: Building Rations for More Profit, Less Input

9/12/2017

Doing more with less. For dairy producers facing tough market conditions, this adage rings more true now than ever. You are constantly looking for ways to be sustainable while keeping both your herd and bottom line healthy.

Tags: Feeding Strategies, Forages

Get More from High Forage Diets by Increasing Fiber Digestion

Get More from High Forage Diets by Increasing Fiber Digestion

7/11/2017

High-forage diets can help dairies reduce feed costs and promote milk component yield. Typically dairy rations include a high level of corn silage. When properly balanced, corn silage can be a high-quality and affordable feedstuff.

Tags: Feeding Strategies, Forages

What is the Effect of Rain Damage on Hay?

What is the Effect of Rain Damage on Hay?

7/5/2017

Hay that has been cut and then rained on can lose quality in four ways.

These include: 1) leaching of soluble carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, 2) increased and prolonged plant respiration, 3) leaf shattering, and 4) microbial breakdown of plant tissue.

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Forage analysis for producers

Fiber Confusion: Forage Analysis for Producers

3/28/2017

Fiber continues to be a key nutrient in the dairy rations of high-producing cows. Forages are the main source of fiber that may be raised on the dairy farm. But quality can vary greatly from crop to crop and year to year.

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How Will 2016's Forages Feed ?

How Will 2016's Forages Feed?

12/12/2016

Heading into 2017 dairy farmers should preprare to feed some of their best forage in years. From forage analysis, fiber levels across the country look to be down and hay, haylage and corn silage all should have improved energy compared to 2015’s harvest.

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