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Two dairymen are making profits with sprout fodder systems

Written by Kelli Boylen

With drought conditions and high feed prices creating havoc for many dairies, some producers are finding an innovative and cost-effective solution with sprout fodder.

Calvin Nash has a Jersey farm he operates with his wife, Julie, near Weston, Idaho. He started growing and feeding barley sprout fodder to his herd in December 2012.

His advice to fellow dairy farmers considering a hydroponic unit to grow sprouting fodder for dairy cows is simple: “Don’t believe the nutritionists, this actually does work!”

The hydroponic units are typically loaded with barley seeds, and within about six days, there is eight inches of luscious cattle feed that is high in protein. Other seeds such as alfalfa do work, but barley is known to quickly produce the highest-quality fodder.

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Reduce costly silage shrink losses

Written by PD Editor Karen Lee 

“With today’s high costs, forage best management practices are required for dairymen,” Troy Brown with Cargill said at the Midwest Forage Symposium in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, earlier this year.

Brown went on to outline the cost, cause and cures for silage shrink.

“Cost of shrink today is very significant,” he said.

Dairy producers know this and many of them have installed scales and adopted a system of weighing forages in and out, but it is important to know the difference between forage shrink and dry matter shrink.

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From 'pink slime' to 'Pinteresting' online moms: The power of social media

Written by Emily Meredith, Animal Agriculture Alliance  

For generations, hard-working mothers have been committed to making smart food choices for their families. Fifty years ago, those choices were made after consultations with the family doctor, age-old “wives tales” and advice from grandmothers or great-grandmothers.

Today, we live in a very different world. Modern mothers are booting up their laptops and typing questions into search engines like Google and Bing. Those search engines are churning out results – in the forms of blogs from other seasoned mothers.

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Ingredients for the next century of dairy

Written by John Frey, Center for Dairy Excellence

What will it take for an industry like dairy to avoid going the way of the pork industry?

In John Frey’s latest column, he reviews four basic functions of business management identified by the Harvard Business Review as critical to the future success of an individual dairy farm business, or any business for that matter.

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