OARDC Dairy Nutrition Lab

Located at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Gerlaugh Hall, the Dairy Nutrition Lab concentrates on nutritional health and production of holstein dairy cattle. A herd of 120 lactating cows are maintained at The Krauss Dairy Center where faculty, students and staff conduct nutrition experiments and produce milk for market making the facility an earnings operation unit. Funds are used for research facilities that are continually being modified and updated to facilitate industry needs in efficency and profitability.


  1. Progressive Dairy

    Jan 26, 2020

    Dairy cows are flexible in terms of what feeds they can consume for milk production. There are also many feed ingredient combinations that can be made and used to meet the cow’s nutrient requirements. Therefore, if a feed ingredient has suddenly increased or become overpriced, diets can easily be reformulated to still meet the cow’s nutrient requirements but at a cheaper price.  

    Article by Alex Tebbe

    Click here for the full story: pg. 12

  2. Progressive Dairy

    Oct 28, 2019

    Monitoring prices in feed ingredient markets is a good practice for purchasing cheaper feeds and increasing producer profits. This is especially important for current feed ingredient markets because they are shifting what producers may typically prioritize for dairy cows.

    Article by Alex Tebbe 

    Click here for the full story: pg. 12


  3. Surviving 2019 Forages

    Oct 25, 2019

    Every forage cropping year presents challenges to both growers and users of forages; however, 2019 has been much more challenging than normal. In many areas of the country, much of the alfalfa suffered winterkill.

    Article by Dr. Bill Weiss

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