Dr. Steve Blezinger
Nutrition and Management Consultant
Nutritional and management consulting with a focus on beef and dairy cattle feeding programs. Additional services include contract technical service, product management, quality assurance, etc.
Nutrition and Management Consultant
Participation in Forum on September 4, 2019
The article was written as per applications in ruminant production systems. I know, by experience, that producers have "overfed" antibiotics for years. Not from the standpoint of feeding higher levels that legally allowed but in situations where it may not have been necessary. I.e. feeding it as a form of insurance. Personally, no, I don't believe that fed antibiotics, particularly in ruminants ha ...
Article published the August 26, 2019
As of January 2017, the FDA began a stricter regulation of antibiotics commonly used in the animal-feeding industry. Livestock and poultry producers alike have been accused of overfeeding various antibiotics, largely for growth promotion purposes (i.e., for increased feed efficiency and profitability). The ones the medical industry and the consumer have been most concerned with are those deemed m ...
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Article published the October 10, 2018
When a cow becomes pregnant, some of the nutrients it consumes will be used by the developing calf. There is no other time in the calf’s life when the development of tissues, organs and systems is occurring as rapidly as early weeks in utero. While the volume of nutrients needed as building blocks for this process is very small, in the first few weeks after conception access to the specific ...
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Article published the October 9, 2018
One of the most common topics discussed when feeding pasture and breeding cattle is protein. Producers are concerned with crude protein in their hays, pastures, supplements and so on. We regularly concern ourselves with 20 percent protein range cubes, 35 percent protein liquid feeds or 24 percent protein tub supplements. Crude protein is a number we regularly use to compare hays or supplements a ...
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Participation in Forum on July 16, 2018
Sandra Baxendell - Ha! Thanks Sandra. I need all the help I can get. Much appreciated. Steve
Article published the July 12, 2018
Feeding fat and fat products to dairy cows is common on most, if not all, dairies. Understanding how to properly feed fats and fat products is another story and seems to change daily. This is especially true as we work to understand the roles various fat components (fatty acids) play in the animal in terms of production (volume and components), health and reproduction. And while it may not be ne ...
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Participation in Forum on July 9, 2018
Oswaldo Rosendo - my apologies for the delay getting back to you. I overlooked this post initially.Very good questions and I can only tell you that there is no set answer for your questions. Consultants here in the US may visit a given farm once per week to once per month or possibly less (once per quarter) depending on the needs and wants of the farm. This has to be worked out between the dairy a ...
Article published the June 7, 2018
On any given day, the typical dairyman loses count of the challenges he deals with. From labor to mechanical issues, to sick or downed cows and paying the feed bill, the list goes on, seemingly forever. One frequent challenge accounting for much of the drain on overall farm performance and profitability is lack of consistency. Consistency issues are pervasive throughout the typical dairy operatio ...
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Participation in Forum on May 15, 2018
Dear Dr. Rahul S. Verma: Copper deficiency causing depigmentation of the hair coat most commonly is noted at the top of the shoulders, around the edges of the ears and around the muzzle in cattle with a darker hair coat. Lighter colored cattle may be noted by a drabness to the coat and general poor overall appearance. I believe, based on the description that an actual hair loss may be more related ...
Participation in Forum on May 15, 2018
D.narayanasamy - there is an article here on Engormix that we published a few weeks back that discusses this topic. Here is the link to that article: https://en.engormix.com/dairy-cattle/articles/optimising-milk-fat-strengthens-t42055.htm.Kind regards,Steve
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