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DairyCast 0430 - Forage Overview From World Dairy Expo

DairyCast 0430 Show Notes:
  • This conversation with Mycogen Seeds customer agronomist Jon Erickson overviews comments from World Dairy Expo, outcomes from the forage contest and takes in production issues across the growing region.

DairyCast 0428 - Can Tannins Tame Odor Producing Bacteria Emissions?

DairyCast 0428 Show Notes:
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service microbiologist Terry Whitehead is using tannins to cut back manure sourced emissions in his research.  His thought process stems from his ruminant background and the impact eating leaves has on digestion.

Approaches To Forage and Hay

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Forage / hay quality and availability is tight this year. Many operations are facing tough decisions on acquiring feed options. If you are faced with using lower quality forage or hay, this post will help in identifying the quality and storage options for fall and winter.
The quality of the hay will vary greatly, depending on the time of year, maturity and weather conditions when the hay was made in addition to how it is stored. While we encourage forage testing as the only real way of knowing the feed value of your hay, very few farmers are following through with this practice.

Calculating The Cost of Weathered Hay


The value of hay this year is much higher due to the drought in many parts of the country. This calculator can help farmers discover the value of hay, especially weathered hay that may have damage.

From the Cattle Network:
This is a quick tool that can be used to determine if older hay really is the bargain it appears to be. The calculator can also be used to determine the amount of additional hay that is necessary to meet the cow herd winter requirements after accounting for the inedible portion of the hay.

DairyCast 0423 - What is Pushing Cows To Slaughter?

DairyCast 0423 Show Notes:
  • Drought and forecasts for little rain and high feed prices pressure producers into herd liquidation.  How and when to move your steers under these conditions with Oklahoma State livestock economist Darrell Peel as he talks with Eric Atkinson.

DairyCast 0421 - Alternative Ingredients In Animal Feeds

DairyCast 0421 Show Notes:
  • International Ingredient Corporation locates and identifies alternative feed components.  These materials are scanned with NIR technology to determine nutrient value and blended into traditional feeds for significant cost savings.  And who doesn't like chocolate?

Storage of Hay for Export

hay storage Hay storage planning and design is a must for those operations that need to sell and export hay.
Highest quality hay is required for the export market. This applies both to processed and feed hay. A good weather-tight hay storage is required to maintain the desired quality. Both structural and functional design are essential to a quality hay storage. This is not to imply that a good quality storage will not benefit any hay producer or user.
This technical article provides information on storage design and layout.

Milk Goes Bad in High Heat!

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The midwest is experiencing high heat and humidity this summer. These high temperatures not only make you feel terrible but your livestock can feel bad too. It is important to keep an eye on the animals and take action before they start to get heat stress.

 

Heat stress can greatly impact cattle producers through decreased milk production and subsequent calf growth, decreased reproductive performance in cows and bulls, and decreased stocker and feeder performance.

This article provides straight forward information on identifying heat stress and tactics to keep animals cool.

Dr. Larry Hollis, cattle vet at K-State, also offers some approaches to reducing heat stress in cattle (audio link).

DairyCast 0420 - Does Methane Production Vary By Individual Cow?

DairyCast 0420 Show Notes:
  • Walking the tradeshow floor at the American Dairy Science Association joint meeting with the American Society of Animal Scientists, Truffle Media's John Blue happens upon a new process to monitor methane production on individual cows.  It's another tool in your herd management toolbox... coming soon!
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