Nuts and Bolts of Corn Silage Quality
Dr. Hugo Ramirez, Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, discusses silage fermentation, factors affecting silage quality and animal response to improved corn silage quality. Below are the 5 C's of corn silage quality recommended by Dr. Ramirez.
- Content of Dry Matter - Maturity
- Chop length and kernel processing - chopping length should be 19 mm or 3/4 inches; kernel processing should be 2 mm or tighter
- Compaction - packing; the goal is at least 15 pounds dry matter per cubic foot
- Covering and sealing - cover and seal as soon as possible, use oxygen barrier and black and white plastic cover
- Care and management at feed-out
Photoperiod Management for Dairy Cattle
Nebraska Dairy Extension recently hosted a dairy barn lighting webinar. Dr. Geoffrey Dahl, Professor in the Animal Science department of the University of Florida, Gainesville discusses the implementation of photoperiod management throughout the life cycle of dairy cows to improve productivity and health for growing heifers, dry cows, and lactating cows, and some of the biology behind those recommendations.