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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.

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Grazing and Organic

cows eating grassEver thought about going organic or moving to a grass-fed operation? Currently on a grazing system in need of fine tuning? This page contains videos on raising heifers on pasture and a series on beginning grazing to help improve operations.

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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!

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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.

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