October 2012

Priorities for Fall/Winter Dairy Feeding

Cows Eating

1. Develop a Plan

Develop a plan for using homegrown forages and determine whether you need to purchase other forages.

Colostrum

Colostrum

Fresh, refrigerated or frozen, colostrum still is the best thing dairy owners can feed newborn calves. Colostrum is the milk secreted for a few days from a mother, whether human or animal, after giving birth and is characterized by high protein and antibody content. “It is well known that an adequate colostrum feeding is the most important management factor determining calf health and survival,” said Dr Pablo Pinedo, AgriLife Research ruminant animal health scientist in Amarillo.

Cattle Comfort

Cattle Comfort

Issues On The Horizon For Livestock Producers

2012 harvest, high feed costs and lowering market prices are on the mind of every livestock producer

These issues will directly affect how producers manage their business and make financial decisions in the near future. With concerns like these is it hard to look beyond the immediate challenges ahead and consider other issues that may have a long-term effect on livestock farming.

Worldwide on-farm animal care practices which cause short-term pain continue to receive a significant amount of public attention.

Breaking Through The Grass Ceiling

Breaking Through The Grass Ceiling

In a world beset by increased demand for quality food, drought conditions, high grain prices, skyrocketing land prices, good farm land lost to urban sprawl, declining available fresh water supplies, increased concerns about agriculturally generated greenhouse gases, and more, Jon Baker, majority owner of FodderTech, a company specializing in the development, manufacture and marketing of sprouting systems is excited by how their sprouted grain fodder technology can help producers better meet the challenges of feeding the world more nutritiously, profitably and sustainably.