Heat Stress Impacts Dry Cows

Heat Stress Impacts Dry Cows

The impact of summer heat stress on lactating cows is well known. However, less is known about the impact on dry cows. Figure 1 shows monthly average milk production in Florida during the years 2007 to 2010 (bar graphs) and the typical average ambient temperature in...
Heat Stress in Cows

Heat Stress in Cows

After the brutally cold, long winter we’ve all just experienced, I don’t think anyone is worried about a little warm weather this summer. Actually, with the rainy and chilly spring, I’m sure most folks are still thinking more about mud and flood season right now....
Protecting Health with Methionine

Protecting Health with Methionine

Amino acid balance in the lactating dairy cow ration is essential for optimal nutrient metabolism, strong immunity, and milk synthesis. When the ratios of amino acids in the diet most accurately reflect the cow’s needs, she becomes most efficient at metabolizing all...
The Importance of Starch Digestion

The Importance of Starch Digestion

I will start by quoting a dairy farmer whom I met early in my career, “it’s all about energy!” He was referring to his experience when working to get the best results from his herd. I have come to understand that he is right on so many levels. Recently I attended the...