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Summer DCAD: The K Source Option

May 19, 2023
Potassium (K) plays a key role maintaining the dairy cow's blood acid-base balance while supporting many other vital functions. We especially want to avoid negative K balance during lactation. Dr. Tom Jenkins, Emeritus Professor at Clemson, zeroes in on K in DCAD to support summer milk fat.
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Fly Control: Prepping Now Pays Back

April 11, 2023
Higher seasonal temps... variable weather... greater parasitic and nuisance fly pressure on cows and calves. Fly losses can be significant. But today's "precision dairy technologies" monitor cow behavior to provide new insights. New Mexico State's Dr. Ulises Sanchez says a dairy's fly control program must be dynamic, including feed-through strategies.
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Milk Fat: Keep Up with Genetic Potential

February 23, 2023
Milk fat yield continues to rise year on year thanks first to better genetics, which results in ongoing diet design challenges. Penn State's Dr. Kevin Harvatine highlights nutrition factors to keep up with the current and future dairy cows.
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Targeted Fatty Acid Supplementation

January 30, 2023
Get Results with Targeted Fatty Acids "A bag of fat is not just a bag of fat," says Michigan State's Dr. Adam Lock. "You cannot know what to expect from feeding it without -- at minimum -- knowing its fatty acid profile." Recent research shows positive results in the transition period and carry-over into peak lactation with targeted feeding of palmitic (C16:0) and oleic (C18:1) acid blends.
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Careful with Copper: More for Maintenance, Avoid Too Much in Lactation

December 15, 2022
Careful with Copper: More for Maintenance, Avoid Too Much in Lactation. Dr. Weiss says that copper (Cu) supplementation warrants special attention. The main concern is the risk of liver toxicity resulting from over-supplementation in lactation diets.
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Colostrum Challenge: Choline vs. Seasonal Drop

November 21, 2022
By late October, many dairy operations experience a decline in colostrum supply, which is critical to the health of newborn calves as their primary source of passive immunity. This seasonal decline varies greatly by farm, by cow, and by other factors, but correlates with lessening daylight. Shorter days, less colostrum.
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Cow Data That Keeps Coming

October 12, 2022
Cows themselves can inform diet formulation on an ongoing basis. One result is rethinking crude protein as a metric for diet formulation, says Cornell's Dr. Mike Van Amburgh.
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CNCPS v7: Attention to AA & protozoa

October 11, 2022
The current commercially licensed versions of the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System (CNCPS v6.5.5 ), refined over more than 30 years, are key to optimal diets used by dairy nutritionists and ration formulators worldwide for millions of cows worldwide.
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Commodity Blenders to Build New Feed Mill in Warren

April 21, 2021
Commodity Blenders is committed to providing personal customer service for livestock farmers with the capacity needed to ensure farmers get the feed they need, when they need it. Located in Ashland, Ohio, Jonesville, Michigan and Warren, Indiana.
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Focus on Fats

July 07, 2017
Tallow fat, oils, palm fats, calcium salts, oil seeds - not all fats are the same, where does your fat come from?
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