Lots and Lots of Corn Silage

So far, spring has been as rough as this winter.The alfalfa killed out-in some places, nearly 100%. It didn’t seem to matter much if you had left stubble or not-no sense beating yourself up about that. We’re going to be feeding a lot of different kinds of...

The Value of Canola Meal

When you compare values in feeds, you need the whole picture-instead of just one component-like the crude protein. Based on crude protein alone, canola would need to be $63.00 per ton cheaper than soybean meal-just to break even, as soy is typically a 46% CP feed...

Feeding Green Corn Silage

Hopefully, if you haven’t chopped some corn silage already, you’ll most likely be starting soon. You know, from past experience, that the best, high-powered corn silage needs some time to ferment-up to 4 months for the kernels to soften-processed or not. But it was a...

2018 1st Crop Alfalfa

  It  is probably not a big surprise that the  relative feed values are lower than hoped on the first crop this year. The stuff grew so darn fast! When it grows fast, it tends to put on more stem than leaves, lowering the feed value. The good news is that this...

5 Tips for Better Corn Silage

So far, the corn looks great, but can I tell you something? The thumb rule for chopping corn silage is approximately 50 days after tasseling. For the corn that tasseled around the Fourth of July, that means the corn could be ready for chopping around August 23! At the...

6 Management Tips to Improve your Bottom Line

I don’t have to tell you that this has been a tough winter. You’ve lived it. You’ve cut corners and hunkered down. You are probably doing everything you can to cut costs and improve your bottom line. Maybe.  Calling these rules might be a little...

Cold Weather Hangover

Prolonged cold has some strange effects on both us and the cows-a little like heat stress in reverse. And cows don’t adjust immediately when the weather gets a little warmer, either. Now that the cold is over (I’m hopeful!), we can talk about what to...

Feeding Immature Corn Silage

Immature corn silage may not have a high starch level, but there is quite a bit of sugar in the stalk. The value of immature corn silage is about 35% lower in projected milk yield than regular corn silage-still a great deal of nutrition. Here are some suggestions for...

Is Candy Good for Cattle?

3 answers for the Candy Craze I’ve been reading about this Skittles spill and quite honestly, I was shocked. I had thought it would turn out to be a positive article for agriculture-using up food ingredients and preventing them from going into a landfill. But...