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Synergy of B vitamins on transition cow health, performance

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Rodrigo Molano and Hélène Leclerc   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:36

During the transition period, dairy cows encounter high metabolic and nutritional demand and a reduced immunity, predisposing them to metabolic and health problems. This will reduce their productive life and negatively impact the profitability of the dairy farm.

 

Tedding, raking, inverting and merging forage swaths

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Dan Undersander   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 11:32

The largest factor affecting forage drying is sunlight. Thus, a previous article I wrote showed that putting forage into a wide swath following mowing had the largest effect on drying rate.

Tedding and inverters can fluff the swath to enhance drying. Rakes and mergers will narrow the swath into a windrow for the baler or choppers and also expose some wetter material to sunlight to enhance drying.

 

10 things to consider in planning for precision feeding systems

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Tera Baker   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 10:15

feed mixerA precision feed management system can help improve feed inventory management, employee protocols or the accuracy of income over feed cost values. However, there are a lot of choices available and doing a quick farm/self-analysis can help you make the right feed management program choice for your operation.

 

Importance of amino acid balancing when milk prices dive

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Daniel Luchini and Chuck Schwab   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:20

Mailbox milk prices do change; this is the reality of the matter and one that dairymen have to deal with. When the price within a year drops more than 30 percent, as it did in the last 12 months, it raises yellow flags. And for many, this means looking for ways to cut ration costs. Milk price changes should not be a surprise. In the recent past, we have experienced similar, if not wider, swings.

 

Understanding starch digestibility inside and out

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Pat Hoffman   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:36

We feed lactating dairy cows starch sources that may be ground, flaked, processed, rolled or ensiled. In addition, we store feeds containing starch in bags, bunkers and bins at different moisture contents for different lengths of time.

 

Increasing nutrition precision by focusing on amino acids

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Jessica Tekippe   
Monday, 04 May 2015 15:35

The dairy industry has become increasingly precise in identifying and meeting the protein requirements of dairy cattle. Most notably, the industry has moved from focusing on the diet’s content of crude protein to metabolizable protein and now to individual amino acids.

 

Avoid too much of a good thing: protein

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Brittany Dyck and Essi Evans   
Monday, 04 May 2015 15:23

Dairy producers and nutritionists understand the importance of providing adequate levels of nutrients in dairy cow rations. However, it is possible to provide too much of a good thing, which can lead to some undesirable consequences.

 

Prepare heifers for a successful first transition period

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Dairy basics - Feed and Nutrition
Written by Gene Boomer   
Monday, 04 May 2015 15:16

dairy cowsThe ties between dairy calf growth and adult performance are strong and circular. The first 45 to 50 days of a heifer calf’s life are critical for success, setting the stage for future health status, milk production, reproduction, and ultimately, longevity in the herd.

 


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