Dairy Forage Profit 3.0 – Take Your Forage and Feeding Program to the Next Level!
Feed costs (including homegrown forages, grains, & purchased feeds) are the #1 input cost on dairy farms. High forage diets have been proven to be very profitable but can be difficult to achieve. Many times the ability of a farm to achieve a high forage diet is hindered by either inadequate supply or inconsistent quality. Two issues that can be impacted by both weather (mostly out of our control) and management (in our control). Overcoming these obstacles requires a multifaceted cohesive approach. The focus of this seminar is to elevate the growing and feeding of forages beyond the parameters of tonnage, quality, and the basic high forage ration. Newly developed fiber digestibility tests can give you and your management team confidence in feeding newly developed forages that have potential to increase milk production, while reducing ration costs, increasing total forage yield and digestibility, and improving nutrient management on the farm.
Electronic versions (PDF format) of the conference presentations are available for download from the Cornell
eCommons Library by clicking the links below. A full recording of the seminar presentations will be available soon.
2017 Winter Forage Meeting Presentations
|Fiber Digestibility: New Ways to Measure and Why It Is Important –Tom Overton||PowerPoint (pdf)|
|Grass Breeding to Improve Fiber Quality – Peter Ballerstedt||PowerPoint (pdf)|
|Linking Crop Rotations and Feeding Programs – Joe Lawrence||PowerPoint (pdf)|
|The Financial Impact of High Forage Rations and Modern Crop Rotations – Joe Lawrence and Tom Overton||PowerPoint (pdf)|