Medford Cooperative

Category: Agriculture

Declining Class III milk futures are causing many of our dairy producer members to evaluate the cost of their rations.  I believe ration adjustments need to be evaluated closely to make sure ingredients that perform stay in these rations.  So how should we evaluate our cost of production and the economic impact that these ration changes make? I am using MilkPay.com regularly to evaluate cost per cwt. and income over feed cost. MilkPay is a website with and excellent calculator…

This fall, we have been seeing quite a bit of stalk rot in the fields of our customers. Stalk rot (fusarium, anthracnose, gibberella, diplodia, etc.) has affected many fields and will impact harvest and increase harvest losses. Pictured above from left to right are anthracnose, gibberella, fusarium. Winfield Solutions recently put out a Technical Bulletin on this very topic. They outlined two different methods to scout out stalk rots: For the “Push Test” randomly select 20 plants from five different…

We have been fortunate to have a surplus of forage in North Central Wisconsin so far this summer.  The quality of much of the 1st cutting is not as good as other years, but it is forage nonetheless.  I have spent some time studying MP heifer rations with mature quality hay and haylage.  I think that to maintain the 2.25 pounds or more average daily gain that we are trying to achieve for our heifers, we need to reexamine our…

While trying to decide what I wanted to write about, I thought of an article from February 2013 in The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute Farm Report. Before you read my analysis, take a look at that article: Are Your Cows Getting Enough Metabolizable Protein? Dry cow ration balancing used to consist of providing enough protein, fiber, and a minimal amount of energy. Trying to get more out of the early lactation cows should be a goal for most producers. Each 1 pound…

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