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Poultry Litter as an Alternative Fertilizer
Alternative Fertilizer: Poultry Litter
Poultry litter is relatively rich in nutrients and organic matter, but it needs to be properly managed. This article discusses how to realize the most benefits from poultry litter utilization as a fertilizer.
Environmental Consideration on Forage Quality
Three factors definitely not favorable for optimal plant growth and forage quality are heat stress, drought, and inadequate soil nutrient supply. These problems are very common in Louisiana. Although we may have little control over these environmental influences, we do need to understand the overall effects of environment on forage quality.
Male Offspring Distributing in Calving and Farrowing Data
Male Offspring Distributions in Calving and Farrowing Data
This report evaluates the natural variability in the sperm sex ratio.
Margin Protection Program Decision Tool
Margin Protection Program – Dairy
The Margin Protection Program was established under the 2014 Farm Bill. Based on national milk and feed prices, dairy producers are able to insure a specific milk-feed margin and percentage of production history. This decision tool calculates estimated premium costs to insure a certain margin and level of production history. Historical margin information is also included.
2005 Beef, Dairy and Forage Production Costs
2005 Beef, Dairy and Forage Production Costs
This report presents estimates of production costs for beef cattle, dairy cattle and forage production in Louisiana for 2005.
Maintenance Costs and Marginal Milk
Diluting Maintenance Costs and Marginal Milk
Determining what level of milk production and feed cost yields the most profit for the farm should be the main objective of any measure of economic and production efficiency; because at the end of the day, the main thing that counts is the number of cwt produced and the amount of profit from each cwt. This is the economic indicator that tells you the total net income for the farm.
Standard bacteria growth plate
Evaluating Milk Quality Using Standard Plate Counts and Preliminary Incubation Counts
Monitoring the milking procedures, equipment cleaning and milk cooling should go a long way in producing high quality milk that is low in bacteria.
Aflatoxin in Dairy Feeds
Safe levels for aflatoxin feeding vary with each individual animal. The ingestion of aflatoxin at levels even lower than those given above may cause some undesirable side effects. Moreover, these effects are dependent on factors such as age, sex and general health of the animals.
Raising Replacement Heifers: What are the Options?
Replacement heifers represent the future of the dairy farm. When deciding the best way to manage the heifer enterprise, dairy producers should realize that they have several options.
January-February 2008 Dairy Digest
2008 Dairy Digest
The Louisiana Dairy Digest is a publication of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that provides information on the latest developments and issues affecting dairy farming. Some topics covered include: Farm Bill Update, Dairy Scholarships and Ag Related Jobs Available, Alfalfa Baleage Production, Quality, and Persistence, Whole Cottonseed is still worth the Price.
Using DHI SCC to Manage Bulk Tank Somatic Cell Counts
Electronic measures of somatic cell counts on individual cows can be used to manage somatic cell counts in bulk tank milk.
All Trace Mineral Supplements Are Not Created Equal
When it comes to deciding which mineral supplements to use in livestock feeding, two criteria need to be considered: Biological efficacy and economic efficiency.
Disaster Recovery: Estimates of Economic Impact From Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Louisiana Agriculture
Disaster Recovery: Estimates of Economic Impact From Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Louisiana Agriculture
The dollar amounts, which are estimates of reduced revenue and increased costs, are broken down by storm and commodity. Total estimated costs are also provided.
girl brushing show pig
Keeping Show Animals Healthy
This article discusses common diseases in show animals and how to prevent them.
Horn Flies & Mastitis Development in Dairy Heifers
Preliminary study indicated that horn flies can contaminate the mammary gland of heifers.
Managing Feed Cost
Ration quality and the level of feed consumed both play important roles in maximizing dairy farm profitability. Feedstuff analysis allows better appreciation of real cost and should be considered in ration formulation. Feed efficiency should be calculated and monitored to identify the most profitable cows of the herd and to evaluate the nutritional programs more closely and accurately.
Managing Feed Cost
Ration quality and the level of feed consumed both play important roles in maximizing dairy farm profitability. Feedstuff analysis allows better appreciation of real cost and should be considered in ration formulation. Feed efficiency should be calculated and monitored to identify the most profitable cows of the herd and to evaluate the nutritional programs more closely and accurately.
When Can Calves be Weaned?
Many producers use early weaning programs to lower the costs of feed and labor. Calves tend to scour less when consuming solid feeds compared with liquid feeds. As a result, health costs may decrease.
Using DHI SCC to Manage Bulk Tank Somatic Cell Counts
Bulk tank somatic cell count (BTSCC) is one of several parameters used by state milk regulatory agencies to insure consumers a safe, wholesome milk supply. For dairy producers, this means BTSCC is one item that must be constantly monitored and managed.
Assessment of Damage to Louisiana Agricultural, Forestry, and Fisheries Sectors By Hurricane Katrina
Assessment of Damage to Louisiana Agricultural, Forestry, and Fisheries Sectors By Hurricane Katrina
Based on the information known at the time of the storm, and given the historical value of these industries to the state, the AgCenter was able to provide preliminary estimates on losses of revenue due to production losses.
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