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  • Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:45 AM
        For much of the Midwest, a mild winter followed by an early spring gave this year’s alfalfa crop a nice boost.
  • Monday, April 27, 2020 10:49 AM
        A multitude of factors are impacting our current dairy situation. I want to focus on one aspect that has forced a lot of recent changes in livestock feeding strategies: a shortage of corn dry distillers grain.
  • Monday, March 30, 2020 7:33 AM
        This is a stressful period for calves and heifers. We are on pace for one of the warmest average March temperatures in several years, yet most mornings still require a hat and gloves.
  • Monday, February 24, 2020 8:20 AM
    The goal of most heifer replacement programs is to raise high-quality, healthy heifers in an efficient and economical manner. These heifers have the genetics, frame, body condition and management background to conceive in a timely manner, reach their potential for high first-lactation milk yield and become profitable replacements to the herd. 
  • Monday, January 27, 2020 10:16 AM
        Milk components have been high the past few months – higher than normal seasonal values – yet, most herds continue to search for additional pounds of milk.
  • Monday, December 23, 2019 10:15 AM
        A cow’s dry matter intake is low post-calving. The increased energy demand of lactation outpaces the energy she is consuming, consequently pushing her into a negative energy balance.
  • Monday, November 25, 2019 1:02 PM
        As we look to Thanksgiving next week, we reflect on the things we are thankful for. Some of you may have hit an ideal harvest window, but, for many, to say harvest is challenging would be an understatement.
  • Monday, October 28, 2019 10:27 AM
        Days are shorter and nights are cooler. Winter is approaching. Many of you have already seen the first snow of the season. It is time to get out your winter gear and re-establish your winter protocols.
  • Sunday, September 29, 2019 3:02 PM
        This growing season presented a wide variety of challenges for corn silage growers and producers across the Midwest.
  • Monday, August 26, 2019 9:41 AM
        Achieving a tight pack and attaining a high density are extremely important aspects of harvesting and storing silage.
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