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Source: Lallemand news release Results from forage analysis aren’t just for ration formulations. The numbers can also help producers adjust management processes to avoid future problems altogether. “The results of forage analysis can be really useful,” says notes Bob Charley, Ph.D., Forage Products Management, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “For instance, it can show if the crop

Water Quality and Quantity is Critical

Source: Manitoba Agriculture Food, and Rural Initiatives Water is often neglected when looking at the feeding and management of a dairy operation. It is, however, the most important nutrient we provide the cow and nothing will result in a more immediate drop in milk production than a decrease in water consumption. Consider this. A cow producing

Nitrates in Dairy Forages

Source: Engormix Dairy Cattle Author/s : Karen Dupchak (Animal Nutritionist), Animal Industry Branch – Manitoba Agriculture & Food Early frosts raise the concern of nitrate accumulation in forages. High nitrate levels are particularly toxic to cattle, less so for horses. What are nitrates? Nitrates are one of the raw materials taken up by the plant to be


Source: Grober Nutrition Fat Digestion In The Young Calf Commercial milk replacers are often compared and evaluated based on the percentage of protein and fat on the label.  Discussion rarely delves into what makes up the components of fat and its effects on digestion, absorption or growth.  Fats are comprised of short chain, medium chain

Advancement of an intravaginal probiotic treatment into a novel technology for prevention of uterine infections in dairy cows

Source: Alberta Milk, U of A, Burim Ametaj and Michael Gaenzle Background: Uterine infections after calving cause lower first service per conception rates, longer calving to conception interval, lower submission and pregnancy rates, higher infertility rate, and a higher culling rate. All dairy cows have a contaminated uterus in the 2 wk after calving, in

Making changes to improve your dairy herd’s hock scores should not be left to the last minute

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Hock injuries are the most common injury for dairy cows housed for a large part of the year. Most welfare evaluations and programs around the world target hock lesion reductions to improve cow welfare. proAction’s animal care section requires producers to have a third-party evaluation of

Are We Feeding Too Much Phosphorus?

Source: Manitoba Agriculture Food, and Rural Initiatives The practice of feeding elevated phosphorus (P) levels has come under scrutiny recently as concern grows over the impact that livestock feeding practices have on manure nutrient concentrations and the environment. Concern over the land base necessary to utilize the phosphorus in manure as a crop nutrient has resulted

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Source: Grober Nutrition By far, most bull calves will never become a lasting benefit to a dairy herd, and as such may not always receive the same level of care that heifer calves do.  Harmonizing your calf rearing programs will yield positive results for all calves and your bottom line. All calves require excellent care,

Impact of a Short Dry Period

Source: Novalait factsheet, Doris Pellerin, Christiane L. Girard, Daniel Lefebvre, Pierre Lacasse, Robert Berthiaume This project was developed in order to verify whether the current recommendation of drying cows for 60 days is still suitable for today’s herds or whether a 35-day dry period management approach would be more appropriate. To assess all possible impacts, four

Prenatal detection and treatment of calves persistently infected with bovine viral diarrhea virus

Source: Alberta Milk, U of S, Sylvia van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk Background: Bovine viral diarrhea continues to be one of the top two most important indigenous viral diseases in cattle, the other being IBR. In addition to the losses due to BVDV alone, which amount to ~$2 billion annually in North America, BVDV is one

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