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Updated: March 11, 2022

March 10, 2022  |  Volume 3, Issue 1


Spring is finally here! Although recent high milk prices are much welcomed, most are acutely aware that input costs have also increased substantially as feed, fuel, and fertilizer prices are at record highs. At the national level, these high input costs, coupled a substantially low replacement heifer inventory, are predicted to moderate the traditional response of expansion and increased milk production that often follows a time of high milk prices. This will hopefully prolong the period of these higher milk prices. However, the last few years have taught us lessons in market volatility, so don’t take anything for granted. If you haven’t already, consider signing up for the Dairy Margin Coverage Program—the deadline has been extended to March 25th, 2022. Contact your local FSA Office for more information.

In this issue, we focus on milk fever, subclinical mastitis, and forage sorghum. Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions (; 301-432-2767 ext. 324).
Upcoming educational opportunities that may be of interest are listed on page 13. Additional resources can be found on our extension page:

Best Regards,

Sarah Potts Extension Specialist, Dairy & Beef

Milk Fever Prevention Begins Before Calving

By Sarah Potts, Ph.D. Extension Specialist, Dairy & Beef

Hypocalcemia, or milk fever, occurs when there is not enough calcium in the blood to meet demand. Normal blood calcium levels are between 8.5 and 10 mg/dL and are maintained at those levels through a balance between dietary absorption, bone demineralization, and urinary excretion. After calving, the calcium requirement of...Read more

Subclinical Mastitis: The Stealthy Intruder

By Sarah Potts, Ph.D. Extension Specialist, Dairy & Beef

Regardless of their operation demographics, all dairy producers strive to produce high quality milk. Many factors contribute to milk quality, including fat and protein content, cleanliness, and somatic cell count (SCC).

Somatic cell count is a major indicator of milk quality, and many processers incentivize their producers for low...Read more

Forage Sorghum as an Alternative Silage Crop

By Amanda Grev, Ph.D. Extension Specialist, Pasture & Forages

There’s no question that the use of forage sorghum, sorghum-sudangrass, and sudangrass has become more popular as a warm-season annual forage resource. These species can offer exceptional performance and forage yield during the summer months. Similarly, forage sorghum and its associated...Read more

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Maryland Milk Moos is a quarterly newsletter published by the University of Maryland Extension that is focused on dairy topics related to Nutrition and Production, Herd Management, and Forage Production. To view previous editions click here...

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