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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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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
05-26-17JUNE IS DAIRY MONTHThe “June is Dairy Month” campaign gives producers an opportunity to let the public know about what modern-day dairying is all about. ML 05-26
05-19-17FIRST ALFALFA CUTTING– K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk has recommendations for producers harvesting alfalfa with the intent of feeding it to their dairy herds.ML 05-19
05-12-17MILK EXPORTSThe rankings for Kansas and some neighboring states in terms of their dairy product exports, and some areas of focus for milk production in order to continue to produce high quality milk for dairy products, specifically those intended for export.ML 05-12 
05-05-17JUNE IS DAIRY MONTH– With June being Dairy Month, producers are encouraged to host an open house, allowing locals to see what life on a dairy farm is like and ask questions. ML 05-05
04-28-17CUTTING QUALITY ALFALFA – Dairy producers will soon be taking that first cutting from their alfalfa stands. And that cutting should always be managed for optimum hay quality, including the time interval between the first and second cuttings.ML 04-28
04-21-17HERD FLY CONTROL– Producers are encouraged to employ all three herd fly control approaches; physical, biological and chemical, as part of a comprehensive program.ML 04-21
04-14-17ALFALFA ASH CONTENT– While putting up alfalfa hay or haylage, producers may be inadvertently adding to the ash content of that forage which can change the feed value and impact a dairy cow's productivity.  ML 04-14
04-07-17CONTROLLING HOOF WARTS - Dairy foot baths play an important role in preventing hoof warts from developing. However, dairy producers often misunderstand the capabilities of foot baths.ML 04-07