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Managing & Marketing Quality Holstein Steers Proceedings

hoop barn openingA list of the breakout sessions discussing dairy beef, nutrition of wet calves, nutrition: growing and finishing, housing and management, feedlot nutritional management, breeding, genetics and grazing, markets and risk management, health and disease management, meat quality and industry perspective and implant strategies. The conference was help November 2, 2005. Read more about Managing & Marketing Quality Holstein Steers Proceedings

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PEAQ - Predictive Equations of Alfalfa Quality

Predictive Equations of Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) provides an estimate of the quality, measured as Relative Feed Value (RFV), of a crop of first cutting alfalfa standing in the field. Typically, the RFV of first crop alfalfa will decline 3 – 5 points per day as the crop matures. Under the best conditions, 10 to 20% of the forage dry matter will be lost at harvest. This amounts to approximately 15 RFV points for haylage and 25 RFV points for hay. Therefore, to end up with 150 RFV alfalfa, which is the minimum quality recommended for high producing lactating dairy cows, you should harvest the crop when PEAQ measurements predict a RFV of 165 to 175 for the standing forage. Read more about PEAQ - Predictive Equations of Alfalfa Quality

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Newsletters

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The ISU Dairy Team is constantly providing Iowa dairy producers information and resources to improve their operations. Monthly newsletters are sent on a regular basis to continue education efforts and inform farmers on timely topics. On this page is a list of Newsletter pdf's and eNewsletters for viewing. If you are intersted in having dairy news sent right to your inbox, sign-up here! Read more about Newsletters

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Iowa Dairy Industry

brown cow in head gateThe Iowa dairy industry has historically been important in Iowa and remains so yet today as the fifth largest sector of Iowa agriculture. Each cow in Iowa generates $23,445 of economic impact and value to a community. Iowa's dairy industry is important and this page provides a few resources on economic impact and production averages. Read more about Iowa Dairy Industry

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