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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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If 2008 wasn’t an interesting year for the forage industry I don’t know what would be.

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Achieving optimum feed intake is important to maximizing milk production.

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Everyone is feeling the crunch of high fuel and food costs and the dairy industry is no exception.

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A heavy rain or snow soaks the face of the bunker silo.Puddles grow at the base of the face, seeping into the silage. The dry matter of this silage no longer matches the number on your mix sheet.

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Following the current increase in overall production costs, dairymen, nutritionists and feed industry professionals are actively looking for management alternatives to maximize dairy operation efficiency.

Since 30 percent of dairy cows in a herd leave the dairy roughly 90 days postpartum, proper nutrition – particularly through the dry and transition period – has a significant impact on the animal’s longevity and performance.

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Many dairy operations large and small continue to be plagued by a high incidence of metabolic disorders and infectious diseases around calving. Turbulent transitions increase health care expenses, decrease milk production, impair reproductive performance and result in premature culling or death. Farm profitability and animal well-being both suffer. Despite many years of research and field emphasis, practical management strategies to minimize health problems while still promoting high milk production have remained elusive.

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