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  • Monday, September 28, 2020 9:30 AM
        Corn silage harvest is complete for many dairy farms across the Midwest. Reports are mostly positive in terms of yield and quality.
  • Monday, August 24, 2020 9:29 AM
        Normal spring planting, combined with plenty of heat and moisture, means corn silage harvest is only days away for some.
  • Monday, July 27, 2020 9:16 AM
        Depending on your geography, third-cutting alfalfa is either near or has already been completed. Periods of warm, dry weather and some early south winds have led to widespread reports of high bug pressure in alfalfa fields.
  • Monday, June 29, 2020 10:25 AM
        Small grain forages, such as spring-planted oats or an oat-and-pea mix, have been a part of our forage feeding strategies for decades.
  • Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:45 AM
        For much of the Midwest, a mild winter followed by an early spring gave this year’s alfalfa crop a nice boost.
  • Monday, April 27, 2020 10:49 AM
        A multitude of factors are impacting our current dairy situation. I want to focus on one aspect that has forced a lot of recent changes in livestock feeding strategies: a shortage of corn dry distillers grain.
  • Monday, March 30, 2020 7:33 AM
        This is a stressful period for calves and heifers. We are on pace for one of the warmest average March temperatures in several years, yet most mornings still require a hat and gloves.
  • Monday, February 24, 2020 8:20 AM
    The goal of most heifer replacement programs is to raise high-quality, healthy heifers in an efficient and economical manner. These heifers have the genetics, frame, body condition and management background to conceive in a timely manner, reach their potential for high first-lactation milk yield and become profitable replacements to the herd. 
  • Monday, January 27, 2020 10:16 AM
        Milk components have been high the past few months – higher than normal seasonal values – yet, most herds continue to search for additional pounds of milk.
  • Monday, December 23, 2019 10:15 AM
        A cow’s dry matter intake is low post-calving. The increased energy demand of lactation outpaces the energy she is consuming, consequently pushing her into a negative energy balance.
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