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Learn about all aspects of the dairy cow ration, from harvest to storage and balancing additives to forage supplementation.

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Lignin in corn silage and forage has been compared to the rebar in concrete, providing the structural integrity and strength to hold the road or driveway together. This added strength is great for your driveway, but added strength in forage fiber corresponds to limited digestion and energy potential per pound.

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Looking back to the 2019 forage year, it was a disaster for some dairy farms and a challenge for most. It was almost a perfect storm; several factors that could go wrong happened somewhere.

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In recent years, there has been an increased interest to harvest cover crop cereal grain forages such as rye or triticale in spring to help supplement inventories.

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The transition period is a key intersection of management on dairies. The sudden increase in demand for energy and nutrients to support milk production, coupled with the stresses of calving, contribute to many different metabolic disorders. Hypocalcemia and ketosis are two of the most common periparturient disorders, with up to 25% of first-lactation animals and 60% of multiparous cows suffering from subclinical hypocalcemia and 40% of cows suffering from subclinical ketosis.

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When it comes to perfecting the pre-fresh diet for transition cows, it’s all about getting the recipe right. But, recipes are more than just the nutritional ingredients. A recipe includes all of the ingredients plus the steps to prepare it, evaluation of the final product and the results delivered.

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This article title combines two important pieces of running a high-performing dairy. First, it embraces the acronym CANI (constant and never-ending improvement), which is its own subject. CANI stems from the Japanese philosophy Kaizen. On the surface, it represents that nothing is ever finished or declared perfect; rather there is always room for improvement.

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