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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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One of the most significant environmental challenges dairy farmers face each year is dealing with the summer heat and humidity and its affect on cows and milk production.

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Dairy cows perform much like world-class athletes, exerting high levels of energy for daily maintenance and to maintain high levels of production, says Dr. Joe West, University of Georgia dairy scientist.

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Balancing amino acids in dairy rations to enhance protein efficiency is similar to the ideal protein concept used by poultry and swine nutritionists for many years.

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Providing adequate energy is a fine balancing act in an ever-changing rumen environment. Low levels may not provide the necessary energy to support high production while excessive energy can result in serious health conditions like rumen acidosis, lameness and liver abscesses.

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After a brief period of excellent milk prices and reasonable feed prices, the dairy industry is once again slipping back toward a break-even mode of production. Hopefully, that won’t be long-lived.

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Milk pricing for most dairy farmers in the U.S. is based on the pounds of milk components shipped.

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