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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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Feed efficiency (FE) can be defined as pounds of 3.5 percent FCM (fat-corrected milk) produced per pound of dry matter (DM) consumed.

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When Heinz Held’s great-grandfather, then age 12, arrived in Chile from Germany in the 1850s he paid a minimal sum for a large tract of heavily forested land.

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It is in all milk producers’ interests to continually drive for greater efficiency in their businesses.

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As corn prices hovered near $3.50 per bushel, feed cost per cow per day increased over 80 cents per 100 pounds, while record milk prices occurred in July 2007. In 2007-2008, milk price will need to increase $1 per hundredweight to cover higher corn grain, hay, cottonseed and silage costs.

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Water is one of the most basic, yet important things we can supply for our cows. Despite the central role that water plays in mammalian physiology, we tend to take it for granted.

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The science behind building a ration that optimizes milk production and improves herd health is highly coveted. To formulate a performance-focused diet, nutritionists depend on quality feed ingredients as the basis for ration development.

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