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Feed & Nutrition

Learn about all aspects of the dairy cow ration, from harvest to storage and balancing additives to forage supplementation.

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“People haven’t seen things this bad since 1964.”

That is what University of Wisconsin – Madison Extension Crops and Soils Agent Kevin Jarek said, Sept. 25, at the “Meeting Tomorrow’s Feeding Challenges Today” seminar held in Kimberly, Wisconsin.

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You have probably heard it said that the nutrition and health status of dairy animals are unmistakably linked to one another. In the same way we humans lose our appetites when sick or feel poorly when our diets are unhealthy, proper nutrition is required for a cow’s immune system to function adequately. Likewise, its immune status influences the direction of nutrients in the body. Gut health specifically is correlated to optimal performance in dairy animals, with up to 70% of a cow’s immune response protecting the gastrointestinal tract.

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As nutritionists, we once thought adding the correct level of neutral detergent fiber (NDF) to the diet was all that was required to create a healthy rumen and thus allow the protein and energy contained within the diet to be used to produce milk.

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Researchers are increasingly identifying the implication of microbial growth in dairy feed ingredients and feed. Not only does the growth of mold and wild yeast strains in these rations impact the nutritional composition of the diet, they generate heat, which impacts palatability, and certain mold species generate harmful toxins, which impact animal performance.

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Having focus is a good thing, but being singularly focused to measure profitability is not.

We know with some certainty, herds which produce more milk or higher components have higher profitability.

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Climbing a mountain is no easy task. It takes preparation, planning and hard work to reach the summit. And there’s added value in the rewarding trip back down.

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