Growing Safflower on California Dairy Farms

Growing Safflower on California Dairy Farms

Key Take-A-Ways Safflower has value as a silage feed when harvested at a vegetative state in early spring following November planting. Safflower as winter forage has greater water use efficiency with a large amount of forage dry matter biomass. Safflower silage stored...
Growing Sugarbeets on California Dairy Farms

Growing Sugarbeets on California Dairy Farms

Key Take-A-Ways Sugarbeets grown in winter on San Joaquin Valley dairy farms could reduce costs and maximize the value of feed produced with less available water. Sugarbeet-almond hull silage created a high digestibility and high dietary net energy dairy feed that was...
2020 California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP)

2020 California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP)

Key Take-A-Ways Facilities certified in CDQAP’s Environmental Stewardship program were eligible for fee discounts from the State Water Resources Control Board totaling nearly $2 million, approximately $2,500 per facility. COVID-19 impacted delivery of in-person...
2020 Dairy Cares

2020 Dairy Cares

Key Take-A-Ways Dairy Cares communication efforts included academic papers, e-newsletters, virtual conference sessions, and key messaging to media outlets. They focused on amplifying climate concerns, informing stakeholders of the most up-to-date science on methane...
2020 Dairy Feed Fellowship

2020 Dairy Feed Fellowship

Key Take-A-Ways Dairy feed fellowships provided practical experience to animal nutrition graduate students through on-site partnerships with feed manufacturers, feed companies, and nutrition consultants. The 2019–2020 fellowship supported two students in on-farm...
Impact of Feed Formulation Variability

Impact of Feed Formulation Variability

Key Takeaways: Differences between formulated feed and analyzed feed on overall carbon footprint was small. Variability in feed ingredients from year to year in response to availability and costs of production was associated with variable enteric emissions. Small...