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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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Some nutritionists and farms balance diets for amino acids (AAs) to increase milk protein yield, optimize protein efficiency and ensure optimal health of cows.

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Dairy producers are in a continuous tug of war, trying to create consistency in an exceedingly inconsistent world. The goal is to create a steady environment for cows even as outside factors are destined to disrupt the calm.

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For those who know me well, especially my husband, they would not list decisiveness as one of my strong qualities. At the risk of sounding cliché, the typical sitcom-couple restaurant situation plays out in our household on a regular basis and extends beyond restaurants to weeknight meal planning. Decision-making is a delicate process, one where we must weigh the outcome of a variety of options, and in my meal-planning scenario, the outcome is known.

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Weather, fluctuating commodity prices and now supply chain disruptions have and will continue to present challenges for dairy producers and nutritionists when sourcing feed ingredients.

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Profit margins could be a challenge in 2022 as feed prices remain high, with premium-quality alfalfa hay over $240 a ton, shelled corn approaching $6 a bushel and soybean meal over $370 a ton.

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Vector automated feeding system, Lely North America held a roundtable webinar with four dairy producers from the U.S. and Canada.

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