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Milk Lines

Milk Lines is co-produced by the K-State College of Agriculture and the K-State Radio Network. Each week, K-State Research and Extension dairy specialist Mike Brouk provides the latest information for today's dairy producers.  Each segment is approximately 2-minutes in length.

Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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10-13-17WINTERIZING COW UDDERS– Fall is definitely here, and winter isn’t that far behind.  Dairy producers would be wise to start providing their herds protection from the colder conditions…and that includes protecting cow udders from the ill effects of the weather to maintain milk production and quality.ML 10-13
10-06-17MANAGING AGAINST MASTITIS– As fall is now here to stay, dairy producers should take another look at the somatic cell counts in their herd production for indications of mastitis problems.  If those exist, there are a couple of management considerations to review. ML 10-06
09-29-17MAKING CULLING DECISIONS– With the onset of fall, dairy producers should re-evaluate the status of their herds to identify still-open cows that might be candidates for culling. This is very important to keeping herd milk production going at an economically-favorable level.ML 09-29
09-22-17FORAGE AND ROBOTICS– The new robotic milking systems have caught the attention of numerous dairy producers.  There are a great lot of things for a producer to think about before they invest in one of these rather costly systems.  One of those is the quality of forage that is routinely provided to milking cows.ML 09-22
09-15-17LAST ALFALFA CUTTING – How dairy producers manage their last cutting of alfalfa for the season greatly influences the quality and quantity of the first cutting next spring.  Allowing the stand to build up root reserves ahead of the first fall frost is essential. ML 09-15
09-08-17LATE SUMMER LAMENESS– It’s not unusual for dairy cows to exhibit some degree of lameness as the summer winds down.  However, it's possible to manage that lameness until the cow returns to full walking comfort.ML 09-08 
09-01-17PRE-CALVING RATION BALANCING– How a dairy producer manages cow rations just ahead of calving can have a significant effect on her milk productivity.  This has to do with a proper cation-anion balance within the ration, and there’s some new research information on achieving that.ML 09-01
08-25-17SILAGE KERNAL ANALYSIS – The quality of corn silage being fed to the dairy herd is largely predicated by the processing at harvest. One aspect that producers need to pay attention to is how the corn kernels turn out in the finished product.  There  are a couple of tests that can give producers an idea of this silage quality factor.ML 08-25
08-18-17SECURING ALFALFA SUPPLIES– Dairy producers can find some good buys on high-quality alfalfa right now and should take stock of the hay they have on hand, and assess whether it’s sufficient to cover herd needs this fall and winter. ML 08-18
08-11-17SILAGE NITRATE MANAGEMENT– Dry and hot conditions in July put many corn stands under stress.  In turn, that may have led to a build-up of nitrates in corn plants. Dairy producers need to be cautious about that as they harvest corn for silage this year to lessen the chance that nitrate toxicity will become a problem in this year’s silage crop.ML 08-11
08-04-17CORN SILAGE PRICING– Unfavorable weather conditions this summer have carved deeply into the yield potential of some corn stands…to the point where the grower chooses to salvage the crop as silage.  For dairy producers interested in purchasing that silage, coming up with a fair price for both parties can be challenging.  ML 08-04
07-28-17SILAGE HARVEST MOISTURE– Many dairy producers are finding considerable moisture variability in their corn stands ahead of silage harvest.  And it’s important for producers to account for that variability as they ensile the crop.ML 07-28
07-21-17KANSAS JUNIOR DAIRY SHOWAll youth with an interest in the dairy industry, and their families, are invited to take part in what has become a keynote annual event over the years…the Kansas All-Breeds Junior Dairy Show.  The 2017 edition is set for August 17-19 in Salina.ML 07-21 
07-14-17DAIRY HEAT ABATEMENT– We’re into the “dog days” of summer now.  And if the dairy's heat abatement system isn’t performing up to task, milk output will very likely drop.   ML 07-14
07-07-17CORN SILAGE FEEDING– Corn silage is a vital nutrient source for lactating dairy cows.  But what is the proper feeding ratio, when feeding silage and long-stem hay like alfalfa in combination? There’s been some new thinking on that in recent years and producers are urged to take a second look at their corn silage feeding programs.ML 07-07 
06-30-17MILK COOLING CHECK-UP– The heat of summer not only can take a toll on dairy cow output…it can also compromise milk quality if the cooling system isn’t up to snuff. ML 06-30 
06-23-17DAIRY FLY CONTROL– If left unchecked, flies can disrupt normal milk productivity.  Of all the tactics to take for fly control, none of them will be fully effective unless producers take steps to eliminate the fly source.ML 06-23
06-16-17SUMMER HERD BREEDING– Sometimes, it can be a challenge to get lactating dairy cows re-bred during the summer months. However, there are several approaches producers should consider.ML 06-16 
06-09-17DAIRY EXPORT NUMBERS– The latest report on U.S. dairy export business are now in from the USDA.  They tell of an ongoing stable demand for dairy products from this country.  ML 06-09
06-02-17SECOND ALFALFA CUTTINGAs dairy producers approach the time to take that second cutting of alfalfa, they should be mindful of the growth stage of that stand before swathing.  ML 06-02