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Winter Forage Meetings

Dairy Forage Profit 3.0 - Take Your Forage and Feeding Program to the Next Level!

Seminar and Case Study

January 31 – State College, PA
February 1 – Waterloo, NY
February 2 – New Hartford, NY

Feed costs (including homegrown forages, grains, & purchased feeds) are the #1 input cost on dairy farms.  High forage diets have been proven to be very profitable but can be difficult to achieve.  Many times the ability of a farm to achieve a high forage diet is hindered by either inadequate supply or inconsistent quality.  Two issues that can be impacted by both weather (mostly out of our control) and management (in our control).  Overcoming these obstacles requires a multifaceted cohesive approach.  The focus of this seminar is to elevate the growing and feeding of forages beyond the parameters of tonnage, quality, and the basic high forage ration. Newly developed fiber digestibility tests can give you and your management team confidence in feeding newly developed forages that have potential to increase milk production, while reducing ration costs, increasing total forage yield and digestibility, and improving nutrient management on the farm.

Conference Presentations

Electronic versions (PDF format) of the conference presentations are available for download from our
eCommons Library by clicking the links belowA full recording of the seminar presentations will be available soon.

2017 Winter Forage Meeting Presentations

Fiber Digestibility: New Ways to Measure and Why It Is Important -Tom Overton PowerPoint (pdf)
Presentation Recording
Grass Breeding to Improve Fiber Quality - Peter Ballerstedt PowerPoint (pdf)
Presentation Recording
Linking Crop Rotations and Feeding Programs  - Joe Lawrence PowerPoint (pdf)
Presentation Recording
Changing Farm Profitability Through an Improved Forage Program: A Case Study - Shawn Lasher PowerPoint (pdf)
Presentation Recording
The Financial Impact of High Forage Rations and Modern Crop Rotations - Joe Lawrence and Tom Overton PowerPoint (pdf)
Presentation Recording


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