dairy feed Tag

Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) reported on research that evaluated opportunities to increase the value of alfalfa-grass forage crops. The northern New York regional climate has spurred farmers' interest in growing winter-hardy perennial grasses in combination with alfalfa, traditionally the dairy industry's go-to crop for highly-digestible, high protein forage to support milk production. "Adding as little as 5% grass in an alfalfa-grass seeding will significantly increase the fiber digestibility of that forage mix compared to an all-alfalfa crop, and a 1% unit increase in fiber digestibility can bring from 0.5 to more than one pound of milk production...

Northeast dairy farmers struggling to produce feed and comply with nutrient-management regulations can benefit from double cropping and injecting manure into soils, says a research team led by Penn State. Professor Heather Karsten explains, "We have been trying to identify how to help dairy farms be profitable and produce more of their feed and forage crops while at the same time ease the challenges of nutrient management. Double cropping small grains such as winter wheat or winter rye and corn silages provides a strategy that can benefit dairy farms in the northeastern U.S. as they take advantage of a longer...