Category: Dairy Nutrition

11 / 28 / 2018

More Than Meets the Eye By Dr. Louisa Koch, Ph.D., P.A.S. In today’s dairy markets, milk fat is a primary contributor to the value of milk and is also the most variable component. From an economic standpoint, increasing milk fat by a tenth of a perce… Read More

cows in pen 09 / 12 / 2018

What to do if there’s a deficit By Grace Thomas, M.Agr.Sc., P.A.S. As forage makes up over 50% of most dairy cow rations, once harvesting is finished it is a good idea to complete an inventory of all forage on farm. This will not only determine the l… Read More

feed bunk management 07 / 13 / 2018

By Dr. James C. Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S. Feed bunk management represents a very important aspect of the productivity and profitability of all dairy operations. Proper feed bunk management is important for maximizing dry matter intake (DMI) and optimizin… Read More

hoof king time 05 / 16 / 2018

By Dr. Gene P. Gengelbach, Ph.D., P.A.S. Days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and pastures are starting to green up. The joys of springtime! But spring also brings rain, mud, and wet bedding, all of which can be a challenge to live… Read More

image of woman w cattle 03 / 13 / 2018

FULTON, IL (July 26, 2017) — Agri-King is releasing its newest nutrition product for the cattle industry, Agri-King Drench. This product is part of the improved Key Beef Program from Agri-King, Fulton, Ill. The product is an oral symbiotic product cr… Read More

advantage nitrate ammonia nitrate contamination 01 / 15 / 2018

By Dr. Dave Jones, Ph.D., P.A.S. Nitrates and ammonia can be found in forages and either one or both can reduce animal productivity. The oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood is decreased when nitrates bind to the hemoglobin, forming methemoglobin. L… Read More

prefresh cows 11 / 7 / 2017

By David Jones, Ph.D., P.A.S. Preparing pre-fresh cows to properly transition from the dry period to lactation is instrumental to the success of the cows once they freshen and begin lactation.  Some basic goals when preparing pre-fresh cows to transi… Read More

dairy cows at water trough essential nutrient water 11 / 6 / 2017

By Grace Thomas, M.Agr.Sc., P.A.S. Calves are born with 75-80% of their body consisting of water; as they mature water content drops to 50-60%.  Animals with higher body fat have lower body water content. Water is not only essential to sustain life;… Read More

Advantage Liver Abscesses 07 / 10 / 2017

What You Don’t See Can Hurt Cattle Performance By Dr. Aimee Hafla, Ph.D., PAS Abscesses occurring on the livers of cattle are the primary cause of liver condemnation at the packing plant and result in an estimated loss up to $64 million annually… Read More