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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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When it comes to silages and drive-over pile building, Peter Robinson, a UC – Davis extension specialist, believes there is a preference for dairy producers to leave silage oversight to the custom operators who come in and build the piles.

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As we look ahead to the upcoming silage harvest and these volatile grain and commodity markets, how can we take our harvest, storage and feedout practices and improve our efficiencies to improve our bottom lines?

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High-quality forage is the essential foundation upon which every good dairy diet is built. Missing a step or cutting corners will ultimately increase shrink, decrease quality and negatively affect cattle performance.

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Plant health plays a critical role in optimizing forage quality. Unfortunately, for much of the U.S., our crop growing season is already off to a challenging start.

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The sun is setting on your last day of harvest, everything is either in the silo or covered in the bunk, and now it is time to determine how successful your cropping year has been.

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Where climate is adequate for its growth, corn silage is the main forage in intensive cattle production systems. Warm regions of the world usually allow for a double corn crop, thereby maximizing land use. In other regions with well-defined seasons, corn is harvested only once, leaving the land oftentimes fallow during the rest of the year.

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