Parentage Testing

Parentage testing is often thought of as a tool that is only applicable to seedstock producers, but in fact there are benefits to commercial producers as well. Parentage testing not only ensures correct pedigree, but can provide information to make important management decisions for commercial producers. Knowing some of the basics of parentage testing and how it works can help a producer understand the benefits of testing. While the need to verify parentage for embryo calves may be obvious, the benefits of parentage testing outside of this unique situation might not seem quite so obvious. Take a producer who runs multiple bulls in one pasture. Although all sires may have acceptable calving e

Effectiveness of Equipment to Speed Hay Drying

High quality forage is recognized as an important requirement for maintaining maximum production of cattle, particularly in dairy production. Adequate roughage is needed in diets to provide good rumen function, but as more roughage is fed, the energy density of the diet is reduced. High quality forage allows the animal to consume adequate forage while increasing energy intake to maximize production. The greatest obstacle to producing high quality hay is rapid field curing. In our climate, good drying conditions are important and difficult to obtain. Adequate periods without rainfall are sporadic and hard to predict. Although processes are available to speed hay drying, they must be used alon

How to Maintain Forage Quality during Harvest and Storage

• Take Home Message Rapid field curing is important and a good conditioner can help. Spread hay in wide swaths to further speed drying, but avoid very thin swaths to reduce raking loss. Bale hay at about 18% moisture in low-density bales, but use a lower moisture content for high-density large bales. Use good silo management (rapid filling, good packing and a tight cover) to maintain ensiled forage quality. When using silage bags or bale silage, check for punctures periodically to assure that a tight seal is maintained. Remember that on the dairy farm, only about one third of the forage needs to be of the highest quality when that forage is segregated by quality and fed to animal groups acco

Rain Damage to Forage During Hay and Silage Making

Introduction Rain that occurs between the time forage is cut and harvested causes both yield and quality losses that reduce the value of the crop as an animal feed and a marketable commodity. Weather-induced losses can be caused by: Increased and prolonged plant respiration that reduces soluble carbohydrates and the overall energy content of forage. Leaching of soluble carbohydrates, protein, and certain minerals. Leaf shattering and loss, removing the highly digestible and high protein portion of the forage. Microbial activity that metabolizes soluble carbohydrates, reduces forage energy content, and possibly produces harmful mycotoxins. Color bleaching. How much does rainfall reduce yield?

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