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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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Direct-fed microbials (DFMs) are defined as products that contain live (viable), naturally occurring micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast. The term “probiotic” is commonly used to describe DFMs.

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Often when nutritionists think of fatty acid nutrition, our minds turn to fat supplements. However, the area is much broader than dairy cattle diet fat supplements and should be recognized as such.

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A successful breeding program starts with good, early lactation nutritional management. Getting cows off to the best possible start in early lactation is critical on every dairy farm.

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In box-type automated milking systems, rest feed is feed programmed for the cow to receive at the robot but not consumed for various reasons.

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Success begins with an end in mind. Think trajectory. Think reverse engineering. If you want age at first calving (AFC) to be 21 or 22 months old, you better have an “end” weight and frame modeled into your growth system.

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Advances in forage quality should translate into improved farm income. Forage quality is synonymous with improved fiber digestibility (NDFd).

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