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  1. Update to the OARDC Feed Energy Equation

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

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

  2. Establishing New Forage Stands

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

    (https://forages.osu.edu/forage-management/soil-fertility-forages). Forages are more productive where soil pH is above 6.0, but for alfalfa it should be 6.5 to 6.8. Soil ... 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. March 2020 Highlights

    https://fst.osu.edu/newsletter/food-science-and-technology-news/march-2020-highlights

    2020/21 Academic Year. They will join Philip Eberly, Lydia Tantalo and Meegan Gould who are returning ... prevent public health problems in low-acid and acidified low-acid canned foods. Nominations are open for ... information and the nomination form. Know of a great food scientist in industry or academia but they’re NOT ...

  7. 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

    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 ... $/lb), and effective NDF (e-NDF, $/lb) are reported in Table 1.  When comparing the prices in Table 1 to ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Determining Forage Moisture Content

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

    conditions. Stored forages are produced and fed primarily as either dry hay, baleage, or silage. After forage ... moisture content is so important, what tools and methods are available to help producers determine forage ... moisture content to make good harvest decisions? The primary methods used to determine forage moisture are ...

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