The Advantage

colostrom 03 / 10 / 2020

By Dr. Dan Schauff, Ph.D., P.A.S. Supplying newborn calves with adequate quantity and quality of colostrum can greatly impact future health, growth and milk production of heifer calves. However, colostrum production and quality can vary considerably… Read More

cows in pen 11 / 25 / 2019

Taking a Fresh Look at a Farm Grace Thomas, M.Agr.Sc. PAS When everything is going well, it is easy to become complacent. It is best not to wait for something to go wrong before looking at farm management practices, as an error could be very costly…. Read More

09 / 26 / 2019

By Dr. Aimee Hafla, Ph.D., PAS Increasing consumer pressure to reduce or eliminate the use of antibiotics continues to motivate livestock producers to evaluate novel feed additives that offer health and production benefits, but do not require veterin… Read More

2019 ADSA Annual Meeting 07 / 26 / 2019

By Dr. James Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S. The 2019 annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) was recently held in Cincinnati, OH with almost 2,000 dairy industry professionals in attendance.  There were over 1,100 scientific presentati… Read More

06 / 28 / 2019

It’s no secret that the weather in the Midwest has been high in precipitation this year. All of this rain and extra moisture can cause feed and pastures to become moldy. Storage units, bales, and land have all been flooded for months and it doesn’t t… Read More

alfalfa forage 05 / 14 / 2019

By Gene P. Gengelbach, Ph.D. PAS Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…  Last year (2018) U.S. hay and haylage production were down 6% from the prior year, and quality was below average in many regions due to untimely rains interrupting the… Read More

nebraska flooding 04 / 18 / 2019

The recent flooding in Nebraska had serious consequences on nutrition. Last month, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota were hit with record levels of flooding. Not only did this close highways, flood homes, and cause millions in da… Read More

cows eating hay iodine 03 / 19 / 2019

Optimize Efficiency By Dr. Dave Jones, Ph.D., P.A.S. Today’s nutritional technology and knowledge make it easy to overlook the basics of dairy cow nutrition.  This, in turn, makes it possible to complicate a ration with the inclusion of too many comm… Read More

how much dirt is in your forage 02 / 4 / 2019

By Loren Bailey, RAS; Dr. Gene Gengelbach, Ph.D., PAS; and Dr. Dan Schauff, Ph.D., PAS Introduction Minimizing soil content of forages should be the goal of every forage producer and dairy farm. This is because soil contamination of forages can add t… Read More