Articles by Paul Dyk
Axe Throwing, Alcohol and CowsClick to open Axe Throwing, Alcohol and Cows
It is a strange and disturbing combination that has spread across America. Axe throwing and alcohol are being combined as a form of entertainment. And how does this relate to cows? Read to find out…
These Five Corn Silage Harvest Errors Occur Too OftenClick to open These Five Corn Silage Harvest Errors Occur Too Often
It’s corn silage harvest season — a short window of time that affects dairy profitability all year long. What can go wrong? Unfortunately, there are many things that can and do go awry on an annual basis. Some are out of our control while others are not. In my experience, here are five corn silage harvest mistakes that happen too often and have a profound negative impact on the crop we’ll feed over the next year.
Why Are My Feed Costs So High?Click to open Why Are My Feed Costs So High?
Simple question I hear from producers -not so simple answer. Let’s work through this question: How are you measuring feed costs? Did you contract feed last year? Are you consulting with risk management professionals? Are you maximizing government programs as well as market tools? Are you getting the most you can out of your forages?
Your Next World Class FeederClick to open Your Next World Class Feeder
Your lead feeder is leaving you with a two-week notice. You’ve done your best, but he is moving to a new and great opportunity; you are happy for him. Now what? Can anyone fill that role? Where do you start?
FeedFIT – Trimming Feed Costs through WeighbacksClick to open FeedFIT – Trimming Feed Costs through Weighbacks
Is it weighbacks or refusals that you have left in the feedbunk? Do your feeders understand the difference? Refusals is feed that is left that is mostly inedible for high producing cows. It doesn’t look like the original high cow TMR. It might contain longer particles like straw, pieces of cob or it is heating. Weighbacks is feed that is left that is like the TMR from the day before. Cows are eating this like the original TMR. Maybe it’s not perfectly the same, but it is within 10% of the original ration specs. What do we do with weighbacks?