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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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Hoof health is something that many dairy farmers don’t spend a lot of time thinking or worrying about – until they see a few of their cows tip-toeing around the feedbunk or alleyways.

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If you’ve been involved at all with dairy nutrition over the past six months you’ve definitely heard terms like “feed utilization,” “improved efficiency” and “rumen microbial breakdown.”

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Nutritionist Barry Visser likes to be proactive when discussing rising rations costs and increasing byproduct commodity costs with his clients.

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Key points
- When evaluating cost-effective feed ingredients remember we are feeding two animals; first the rumen bugs and then the cow.

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Amazing progress has been made in the nutrition and management of dairy cattle during the last 20 years.

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With input costs on a continual rise, the words feed efficiency are the latest buzzwords. Feed efficiency has long been a cornerstone for the livestock industry, and dairy producers should help feed managers realize the value of the calculation to ensure each pound of feed is utilized properly by every cow. Here are some tips to accurately measure feed efficiency in your herd.

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