Baleage for dairy goats: Prevent spoilage to protect feed quality

Posted on April 17, 2024 in Dairy Goat Performance
By Michelle Chang-Der Bedrosian, Vita Plus | Baleage, or wrapped haylage, is a feed that is not only convenient but also packed with nutrients essential for dairy goats’ health and milk production. It combines the benefits of haylage and the versatility and portability of baled hay.

Dairy goat farm reduces waste, improves profitability by feeding a TMR

Posted on March 7, 2024 in Dairy Goat Performance
By Sarah Varney, Vita Plus dairy goat specialist | Lester Sterken, and his wife, Helen, own and operate Musty Meadow, a dairy goat farm in Delevan, Wisconsin. Access to well-managed corn silage and haylage allows the Sterkens to feed a total mixed ration to meet the nutritional needs of the herd, reduce feed waste, and support farm profitability.

Make the most of the dry period: Nutrition (part 2)

Posted on October 18, 2022 in Dairy Goat Performance
Proper management of a doe’s dry period can have significant impacts on the doe’s longevity and productivity as well as kid survival. In this second article in a two-part series, experts discuss nutrition strategies that can lead to success in the dry period.

Reading a forage report

Posted on August 2, 2022 in Dairy Goat Performance
By Dr. Michelle Chang-Der Bedrosian, Vita Plus | Everyone has their own way of reading a forage lab report and focusing on the information they feel is most important to them. As a forage specialist, I focus on the following items in this order.

To drive or not to drive? Wheel traffic and alfalfa yields

Posted on May 21, 2021 in Dairy Goat Performance

In our pursuit for greater alfalfa yield per acre, we created a situation of loss.  What I mean is our alfalfa variety selection process has pushed farmers to select higher fall-dormancy-scored alfalfas that recover more quickly after cuttings, stay vegetative longer into the fall, and green-up more quickly in the spring.  This is accomplished through plant breeding and selection for plants that exhibit faster regrowth.  These varieties possess the desired production traits for higher yields per acre and exhibit crowns that are not as deeply set into the soil.

RFV or RFQ: Does it make a difference?

Posted on July 14, 2020 in Dairy Goat Performance

By Jon Urness, Vita Plus national forage specialist, retired
Nutritionists sometimes use RFV and RFQ to describe how a certain forage is feeding.  However, these two values mean more when you compare the relative dollar value of different forages in the market.