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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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In dairy cows, feed efficiency is the amount of milk produced per pound of dry matter consumed. In other words, it helps producers understand how efficiently their cows are transforming feed into milk.

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On the modern dairy operation, feed costs are the highest input expense, making up 40% to 60% of all expenses.

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Methane is the second-leading driver of climate change, having contributed 0.5 degree of the 1.1 degrees of human-induced warming since pre-industrial times, according to the latest assessment by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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In 2016, when California passed SB 1383, a global warming solutions act geared toward reducing short-lived pollutants methane emissions 40% by 2030 over the 2013 levels, the state didn’t have all the answers to completing that goal.

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Supply of digestible rumen-undegradable protein (dRUP = RUP x RUP digestibility) from high-protein feedstuffs is arguably the most important metric when determining the value of these feeds.

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Throughout my more than 30 years of studying fat feeding and lipid metabolism in ruminant species, the major emphasis was consistently on sources and feeding rates, but little attention was directed at fat quality.

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