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FEED & NUTRITION

Learn about all aspects of the dairy cow ration, from harvest to storage and balancing additives to forage supplementation.

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The initiative of raising replacement heifers from birth to their first lactation is a major, yet often overlooked, component of a profitable dairy operation.

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As temperatures rise starting in April and May, humidity can follow. This combination of temperature and humidity can impact your dairy herd. The temperature-humidity index (THI) is an indicator of when heat stress may occur.

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It always pays to plan ahead for the next crop season. Steven Hines, University of Idaho extension educator for Jerome County, says things a producer needs to think about during winter include maintaining machinery, such as the corn planter.

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Research shows marginal land could be converted back to perennial forages, and existing native grasslands could be rejuvenated with the adoption of different grazing management, resulting in significant carbon sequestration.

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This month, we’ll talk about the new alphabet of fibre: a, pe, om and ICP. Don’t worry, you haven’t wandered into an academic spelling bee. But seriously, have you recently submitted a forage sample to a laboratory?

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Over the past couple of decades, advances in forage genetics, forage agronomics, forage harvesting and ensiling have enabled dairy farms to feed progressively more forages as a percentage of their total lactation ration.

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