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  1. Establishing New Forage Stands

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-22-issue-2/establishing-new-forage-stands

    weeds are encroaching, in which case the stand should be clipped earlier to avoid weed seed production. ... cool-season forages, the other being late summer. Two primary difficulties with spring plantings are finding ... a good window of opportunity when soils are dry enough. The outlook for this spring is for planting ...

  2. How to Get Ready for Spring Planting Now

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-22-issue-2/how-get-ready-spring-planting-now

    you can get in the field. Below are some examples. Make sure your fuel supply is full and fill the ... field work tasks that you need to do this spring when the weather and soils are fit, then prioritize ... activities. Begin your planning by mentally walking through what you will do the day you plant. It might even ...

  3. Keeping Cows and Calves Cool Through Ventilation System Maintenance

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-22-issue-2/keeping-cows-and-calves-cool-through-ventilation

    challenging, there are a few tools that can help you. Fans should be monitored on a routine basis, such as ... The logbook allows you to monitor when a fan is having increased belt wear or motors that are not ... will be creating problems when your livestock are experiencing heat stress. Ventilation systems often ...

  4. Determining Forage Moisture Content

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-22-issue-2/determining-forage-moisture-content

    certainty and an actual forage moisture percentage number, there are some other tools that can be ... the system, the accuracy may only be ±5%. There are some other factors with these testers that affect ... baling and ensiling to ensure a safe and stable final product. There are tools available to help with ...

  5. Milk Prices, Costs of Nutrients, Margins and Comparison of Feedstuffs Prices

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-22-issue-2/milk-prices-costs-nutrients-margins-and-comparison

    some suppliers in the form of nutritional services, blending, terms of credit, etc. Also, there are ... term market outlooks are uncertain as global health events continue to impact the economy and demand. ... ingredients, and identify feedstuffs that are significantly underpriced as of March 26, 2020. Price estimates ...

  6. Using Protocols to Train Farm Employees

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-22-issue-2/using-protocols-train-farm-employees

    the context of a farm, protocols are defined as a set of steps or procedures that guide or define how ... a larger task is accomplished. Protocols are useful because they lay out the details of a specific task. ... regarding the task. In this time of dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus, protocols are ...

  7. On Farm Biosecurity to Keep Us and Employees Safe

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-22-issue-2/farm-biosecurity-keep-us-and-employees-safe

    gloves and scrub all surfaces that are touched so that you can use a disinfectant on them. Once all ... current human viral outbreak and keep our farms running. Unless they are sick, farmers don’t usually tell ... be a good time to review the visitation requirements you have on your farm. To keep you and your ...

  8. Turbulence in the Dairy Industry

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-22-issue-2/turbulence-dairy-industry

    situation on the direct and indirect impacts to the dairy industry. Domestic demand and exports are in flux ... Among other changes are the shifts in components prices, mainly the focus on fat and protein, as ... the demand for ethanol follows. Because of this lower demand, some ethanol plants are reducing ...

  9. Update to the OARDC Feed Energy Equation

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-22-issue-2/update-oardc-feed-energy-equation

    the uncertainty with the estimates. If particle sizes or DM are not in the table, you can interpolate ... (Mcal/lb) = 0.015*((NDF-Lignin)*(1-[(Lignin/NDF) 0.667])) where all nutrients are entered as % of DM. Those ... values are summed and metabolic fecal energy (0.14 Mcal/lb) is subtracted to yield the DE concentration ...

  10. Effects of Dietary Protein Level in Dry Cows and Heifers on Milk Production

    https://dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news/volume-22-issue-2/effects-dietary-protein-level-dry-cows-and-heifers

    protein level differ based on parity. They also collected all diet information and calculated ... would require a greater MP intake than dry cows to maximize milk production. This is because heifers are ... or 12 to 13% CP of diet DM are adequate for most dry cows. Overall, results from the meta-analysis ...

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