Methane Mitigation Strategies for Dairy Herds


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Purpose 

The U.S. dairy industry has committed to lowering the carbon footprint of milk production by 25% by 2020. A key factor in meeting this goal is reducing enteric greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which represent about 51% of the carbon footprint of a gallon of milk. Methane (CH4) is the primary GHG emitted by dairy cows. Total methane emissions represented 10.6% of the total U.S. GHG emissions in 2014. Enteric CH4 emissions were 22.5% of …

Automated Milk Feeding Systems for Dairy Calves

Dairy heifer suckling milk from a nipple attached to an automatic milk feeding system

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Automated milk feeding (AMF) systems have been used in Europe for many years, but the usage in the US has increased in recent years. These systems allow for increased social facilitation among calves, redirection of labor from feeding to management of calves, consistency of milk delivery, and consumption of additional milk in smaller meals. Experience with …

Dairy Reproduction Featured Videos

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Dairy Reproduction: Identifying Problems and Solutions for Your Herd

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Mastitis From Start to Finish: Featured Videos

Mastitis is one of the more renowned health issues for dairy cattle. Affecting cattle health, production, and milk quality, mastitis can have a huge economic impact on a dairy. To learn more about mastitis, from how it starts, to diagnosis, prevention, and treatment, view this curated selection of past DAIReXNET webinars, now available on YouTube for your convenience. Don’t want to miss a video from DAIReXNET? Head over to our channel and subscribe!

 

Managing Somatic Cell Counts

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Dairy Robotic Milking Systems – What are the Economics?

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Over 35,000 robotic milking systems (RMS) units are operational on dairy farms around the world. The main reasons dairy producers install milking robots are to improve their lifestyle and to expand without hiring additional labor.

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Feeding Practices for Dairy Cows Milked with Robotic Milking Systems

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The goal of every dairy feeding program is to develop a low cost diet that meets the nutritional requirements of cows while optimizing milk production and cow health. In most conventional herds, this is accomplished by feeding a totally mixed ration (TMR) where all the ingredients are mixed together and delivered to the cow. …

Evaluación de forrajes: Vadeando a través de un Mar de Números

In English: Forage Evaluation: Wading Through a Sea of Numbers

 

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Los informes de análisis forrajero de un laboratorio comercial de evaluación de alimentos muchas veces pueden incluir más de 70 potenciales análisis de laboratorio. Todos esos números tienen un valor en situaciones especificas, pero rara vez, casi nunca, uno querría o necesitaría los 70 resultados para una sola muestra. Alguno de los números son necesarios principalmente para formulación rutinaria de raciones (p. ej. concentraciones minerales), y alguna de las mediciones …

Does TMR Sampling Provide Useful Nutrient Composition Data?

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Laboratory data from total mixed ration (TMR) samples have potential value when evaluating consistency and accuracy of the diet that was delivered to a pen of cows including:

  1. Assessing within bunk variation in nutrient delivery. When evaluating consistency of TMR mixing and delivery, samples are taken at various locations across the bunk, analyzed for nutrients or

Minimizando el Riesgo de Cetosis en el Ganado Lechero

In English: Minimizing the Risk for Ketosis in Dairy Herds

Introducción

Si bien la mayoría de los casos de cetosis ocurren en vacas lecheras frescas, las prácticas de alimentación y salud de la vaca preparto pueden predisponer a las vacas a sufrir cetosis después del parto. La mayoría de los casos de cetosis primaria ocurre dentro de las primeras 2 semanas del parto, e incluso la mayoría de las cetosis secundarias (ocurriendo luego del inicio de otra enfermedad) ocurren dentro …