Oct 17

How Farmers Coped with the Irish Forage Crisis

Categories: Dairy Cows
How Farmers Coped with the Irish Forage Crisis

Farmers were tested this spring when poor forage quality and a shortage of grass brought on a crisis. But many managed to get through it, thanks to the goodwill and cooperation of neighboring farms. They sold surplus fodder at cost, coupling with local co-ops to purchase fodder from across the EU. Farmers were supplied with the forage they needed to navigate the crisis.

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Oct 16

What Should I Look For When Testing Silage?

Categories: Dairy Cows
What Should I Look For When Testing Silage?
Producing the highest possible quantity of milk from forage must become the priority for dairy farmers. Producing the highest quality forage available not only produces a feed that is ideal for ruminants, as they are fibre digesters, but has the potential to significantly reduce your winter feed costs.

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Oct 16

What is the Correct Body Condition Score for Cows Drying Off?

Categories: Dairy Cows
What is the Correct Body Condition Score for Cows Drying Off?
At dry off, cows should have attained the target BCS of 2.75-3.00 and maintain this until calving. If cows are under or over BCS, the best time to change this is during the late lactation. The late lactation period is normally when cows completely replenish the BCS lost in early lactation.

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Oct 08

Healthy Rumens Yield Healthy Profits

Categories: Dairy Cows
Healthy Rumens Yield Healthy Profits

In recent decades, remarkable increases in milk yield have created challenges to managing nutrition in dairy herds. More aggressive feeding systems designed to meet the energy requirements of high producing cows often lead to unbalanced diets with regards to types of carbohydrates and effective (long) fiber content. Rumen pH is a critical factor for good rumen health, and feeding these diets can cause pH to drop below a critical threshold, leading to subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA).

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