Winter feeding costs are a major expense in cow-calf herds. So, selecting a winter feeding program that is cost-efficient is imperative. However, making sure nutrient requirements are met during this time is critical to future profitability. An investment now can pay dividends for years to come.
One of the most difficult feeding challenges faced by dairy farmers is the dropoff in feed intake and milk production during the summer. To minimize these losses, rations must be specially formulated for hot weather.
Meeting the most basic nutrient requirements needed for survival should be the goal when feeding cattle following a disaster. Feeding basics, feeding water-damaged hay or feed and salvaging flood-damaged hay and feeds included.
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.
This article includes recommendations on corn hybrid selection for silage, planting, harvesting, storing and feeding corn silage to dairy cows.
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.
This article summarizes factors influencing MUN in Louisiana Dairy Herds. Dietary protein has long been recognized as a key nutrient for high milk production in dairy cows, but determining how much protein a cow consumes and how well it is utilized is a difficult undertaking, particularly at the farm level. Interest in the use of milk urea nitrogen (MUN) concentrations as a practical indicator of dietary protein status in dairy cows has grown considerably in recent years.
This article evaluates the potential advantages of feeding chromium to dairy cows
When it comes to deciding which mineral supplements to use in livestock feeding, two criteria need to be considered: Biological efficacy and economic efficiency.