NDF digestibility – Are we on the right track?

Written by Lawrence R. Jones Monday, 03 February 2014 12:35 Read the Original Article Forage is an important ingredient in dairy cattle rations. However, it can be difficult to achieve high intake levels with certain forage-based diets. We have long recognized that NDF digestibility influences intake. In fact, researchers in 1999 made the observation that a one-unit increase in NDF …

Baling hay: Timing is everything

Written by Tim Clark Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:06 Read the Original Article This is a helpful article about how using a preservative, such as HayPro, can help save you time, and preserve valuable nutrients in hay production. Most livestock producers can tell you the exact day they will be out of hay. The current hay situation has put extra …

A Discussion of SilagePro and Fermentation Prepared for: Consulting Nutritionist

American Farm Products – 30 years of experience in fermenting feeds faster and cooler. American Farm Products was founded in 1982 by William Absalom. The company initially focused on improving protein retention in alfalfa silage by using selected enzymes to accelerate pH drop which facilitated a cooler fermentation. The result was less bound protein because of less heating. It turned …

Using an inoculant to prevent shrinkage Silagepro

Preserving every pound of ensiled forage is always important, but severe drought conditions in many parts of the country mean proper ensiling is of utmost importance this year. According to Keith Bolsen, professor emeritus at Kansas State University, about 20 percent of the corn silage each year is lost to shrink. This loss comes at a cost of more than …

Prevention best option to limit ‘scours’

This article stresses the importance of using electrolytes in treating calves with scours so we thought it was important to share.  AFP’s Source E is an extremely aggressive electrolyte supplement for the rehydration of calves who are scouring.     By Dr. Kevin Cox, DVM, TFC Staff Veterinarian Read Original Post As many farmers are in the midst of winter …

Inoculants: Insurance or Strategy?

Lawrence R. Jones, PhD American Farm Products, Inc. ljones@afpltd.net There is little debate that well fermented forages conserve dry matter, provide the opportunity for higher forage diets and reduce purchased feed costs. The main reason to inoculate forages is to provide insurance that forages will ferment properly. Recently, I have calculated that with a corn price of $6.50/bushel, an incremental …

Lactic Acid Conserves Metabolizable Energy during Fermentation of Silages?

Technical article written for American Farm Products For submission to Progressive Dairyman Joanne Knapp, Ph.D. PAS, Fox Hollow Consulting, LLC   There’s a perception in the dairy industry that lactic acid production during silage fermentation diminishes the Metabolizable Energy (ME) content of ensiled forages. Previous research does not support this perception. When lactic acid is formed during ensiling, virtually no …

Does Converting Simple Sugars to Lactic Acid Reduce the Energy Available in Silages?

Technical article written for submission to Feedstuffs Joanne Knapp, Ph.D. PAS, Fox Hollow Consulting, LLC   During silage fermentation, simple sugars are converted mostly to lactic acid. How does this process impact the energy content of the silage for feeding dairy cattle? We’ll review lactate metabolism and then answer this question on a theoretical and a practical basis. Rumen lactic …