Feeding New Corn Silage

Rick Grant William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute Corn harvest is mostly completed although a significant number of farms in the Northeast and upper Midwest are facing later harvest of possibly immature or frost-damaged corn silage. Corn development has been delayed and so the risk of frost damage and the need to harvest immature corn […]

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Indigestible Residue Part II – The Key to Digestion Kinetics?

by David R. Mertens, Ph.D, Mertens Innovations & Research LLC To read Part I Indigestible Residue – What it is? Why does it occur? click here. After we have established the biological rationale for indigestible NDF (iNDF), we are in a position to discuss its implications and impact on digestion kinetics. In 1969, USDA-ARS scientist Dale Waldo […]

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Indigestible Residue Part I – What is it? Why does it occur?

by David R. Mertens, PhD Mertens Innovations & Research LLC In Digestion Takes Time, I pointed out that digestion kinetics involves lag, rate, and potential extent of digestion, and indicated that potential extent was the most important of the three. Most, if not all, indigestible residue is indigestible NDF. There are minerals in feeds that are […]

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Using Amaferm to Manage Heat Stress

Howard Jensen, DVM, MS, ACAN BioZyme, Inc Heat stress is just around the corner and despite the advances in environmental cooling, it continues to cost the dairy industry millions of dollars every year. The negative impacts of heat stress include: decreased milk production increased metabolic disorders compromised milk components reduced reproductive performance slowed growth rumen […]

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