Fescue is hardy, but can harbor a fungus that causes health issues for cattle. It also crowds out native plants, which can harm pollinator populations. A Virginia Tech study aims to solve both problems.
With varying degrees of success, different supplements – including seaweed - have been fed to cattle in an effort to reduce methane emissions. A new product developed by a Swiss firm is achieving positive results.
Help feeders think of their operation as a system and to control the variables as much as possible—including feed ingredients, quantity, product variation within loads and delivery timing among others.
Forage analysis can be a useful tool to remove some of the mystery concerning the hay that producers will feed this winter. The out-of-pocket costs of protein and energy supplements are further fuel to this advice.
Hot and dry cornfield conditions are breeding grounds for dangerous aspergillus ear and kernel mold that produces aflatoxins. This toxin is a carcinogen, can harm livestock and can lead to rejection at the elevator.