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Metabolic risk factors: Minimize fresh cow problems

Metabolic risk factors: Minimize fresh cow problems

Most of the metabolic problems of the dairy cow happen during the first two weeks of lactation. It has been reported nearly 25% of the cows that leave herds do so during the first 60 days in milk ...
Testing feed additives for dairy cows

Testing feed additives for dairy cows

Feed additives are defined as products used in animal nutrition for improving the quality of feed or the animals’ performance and health. They may be classified as technological, sensory, ...
Sorghum BMR silage made for dairy cattle

Sorghum BMR silage made for dairy cattle

Sorghum is a tropical grass grown primarily in semiarid and dry parts of the world, especially in areas that are too dry for corn. The diverse range of climates that sorghum can grow in, as well as ...
Feeding sugar beets

Feeding sugar beets

Sugar beet is a temperate climate crop grown mainly for production of sucrose. A recent study from the Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute, NB, Canada, determined if sugar beets can be efficiently ...
Robotic efficiency

Robotic efficiency

Two studies published in the Journal of Dairy Science evaluated the performance efficiency of automatic milking systems in North American dairy farms. In the first study, researchers from the ...
Dairy cow diets: Watch the mycotoxins

Dairy cow diets: Watch the mycotoxins

The limits established for dairy cattle by the FDA for aflatoxin B1, vomitoxin, and fumonisin are 20 ppb, 5 ppm, and 30 ppm, respectively. The FDA has not published maximum concentrations for other ...
Can canola replace soybean meal in dairy diet?

Can canola replace soybean meal in dairy diet?

Soybean meal is the main protein supplement included in U.S. dairy cow diets. However, canola meal has recently become more competitive as a protein source for dairy rations as its availability has ...
Manual vs. automated milk feeding systems

Manual vs. automated milk feeding systems

Automated milk feeding systems are becoming more popular on North American dairy farms. Canadian researchers (Medrano-Galarza et al., 2017) compared feeding management practices between dairy farms ...
How many wrapping layers on your baleage?

How many wrapping layers on your baleage?

Baled silage is a common practice for storing grass and legume silages mainly in small and medium-size dairy farms. Forage is cut into a wide swath that covers at least 75% of the cut area to reduce ...
Best practices for feeding canola meal to dairy cows

Best practices for feeding canola meal to dairy cows

The large expansion of the canola crushing industry that occurred in North America since 2010 has increased the supply of canola meal for the animal feed industry ...
Different approaches for boosting milk fat

Different approaches for boosting milk fat

Milk fat is the most valuable component in milk. These three studies published recently show different approaches for improving milk fat yield. ...
Recent research studies on corn silage

Recent research studies on corn silage

Corn silage has become one of the most used ingredients in the dairy industry. Its high energy content, coupled with its effective fiber, make corn silage an excellent forage for dairy cows ...
Is 6 Times Milking Profitable?

Is 6 Times Milking Profitable?

A recent study conducted on a commercial dairy in Israel and published in the scientifi c magazine Animal (Shoshani et al., 2016) examined the effects of milking six times daily during the fi rst 21 ...
Sunflower meal and peas Perfect for sheep feed

Sunflower meal and peas Perfect for sheep feed

Which soy alternatives can be fed to small ruminants like sheep? Sunflower meal and peas seem to be good choices, and treatment (protection) can result in lower protein needed for the same ...
Histidine – is it the third limiting aa?

Histidine – is it the third limiting aa?

Fine-tuning and balancing diets for essential amino acids has become a common practice during recent years. In general, lysine and methionine are the main limiting amino acids in dairy cow diets. ...
Lameness in robotic dairies

Lameness in robotic dairies

Robotic milking is becoming popular on dairy farms. The University of Minnesota Extension team reported that the top three reasons for installing a milking robot were improved lifestyle ...
Technology detection of health disorders

Technology detection of health disorders

A shortage of labor available for working in agriculture coupled with a rapid advance in robotic and automation technology has increased the implementation of robotic milking on dairy farms. ...
Evaluating feeding technician performance

Evaluating feeding technician performance

Since feed is the highest individual cost in intensive dairy production systems, the Feeding Technician is one of the most important job positions at the dairy. According to the USDA Economic ...
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