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Question of the month...


...How do you calculate the density of silage in a bunker?

...It is important to determine the density of the silage in your bunker. If silage is not packed densely enough, up to 20 percent of the silage can be lost. Brian Holmes, professor and extension agricultural engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says there are three different methods to determine silage density.

  1. Silage density coring method 
  2. Silage density calculator method 
  3. Silage feed out method

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Density calculator...Density Calculator

Harvesting and storing Quality Alfalfa...

   Harvesting and storing quality forages are a vital part to the success of your dairy operation. What you do today will affect your production and profitability for many months to come. The following slide show demonstrates how the timing of harvest is a crucial part of producing quality forages.

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Training - Penn State shaker box Calculator


The use of the Penn State feed particle separation box (shaker box) has been used widely to assess feed delivery consistency and proper forage lengths for the rumen. The following spreadsheet takes your shaker box results and charts and graphs them in comparison with the "norms"

Pen State Shaker Box Calculator...Penn State Shaker Box

Management - Golden Rules of Goal Setting


If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life's direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding.


Dale Carnegie - Quote of the week...


“The single greatest cause for failure in managers is their inability to delegate.”

- J. C. Penney

Try this eight-step delegation process next time.

  • Identify the need
  • Select the person
  • Plan the delegation
  • Hold a delegation meeting
  • Create a plan of action
  • Review the plan
  • Implement the plan
  • Follow - up

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