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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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A “fall slump” in milk production is a common occurrence on many dairy farms. It is characterized by some or all of the following: a moderate to large decrease in milk production, a decrease in intake, loose manure and cycling intakes.

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Essential fatty acids (EFAs) continue to be a hot topic in dairy cattle nutrition as new research, on-farm trials and meetings provide additional information to the industry on how critical EFAs are for the dairy cow.

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It’s always good business to look for a maximum return on investment (ROI) from the use of capital, labor and materials – especially in a tight economy.

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Minerals are essential in dairy cow diets for normal lactation performance (milk yield, animal health, and reproduction). But, animal mineral requirements are variable and depend on the animal’s productivity.

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Dairy farmers now have an option to purchase consistently high-quality hay that provides 23.3 percent crude protein and virtually no waste because of the way it's processed.

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In April I had the opportunity to spend two weeks visiting the People’s Republic of China as a dairy consultant on behalf of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).

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