Down corn silage harvesting and considerations

Corn that has lodged or been knocked down is problematic for producers because it makes harvesting more difficult and can affect the nutritive value and fermentation profile of silage. UW-Madison Division of Extension provides recommendations on harvesting corn after bad weather.

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October Dairy Situation & Outlook

Dairy Situation and Outlook, October 20, 2020 By Bob Cropp, Professor Emeritus University of Wisconsin Division of Extension University of Wisconsin-Madison Somewhat surprising we will see considerable strength in October milk prices. Class III was $24.54 back in July but had fallen to $16.43 by September. It looks like Class III for October will increase […]

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Dealing with Hot Weather in Grazing Systems

Even in Wisconsin, summer days can be hot enough to cause heat stress for cows. The thermo-neutral range for cattle, in which they do not need to expend energy to keep their body temperature stable, is about 41°F to 77°F. When the temperature is above 77°F, especially with high humidity, cattle can have reduced production, particularly if nighttime temperatures stay over 70˚F.

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Dry Cow Heat Stress Management

Managing heat stress in dry cows is just as important as it is for lactating cows because it determines the amount of productivity and success a cow will have during her lactation. It can also influence the future success of the daughters and granddaughters of the dry cow.

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