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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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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to livestock production, of which 37 percent is methane.

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As an industry, we’ve made significant strides in improving feed efficiency. However, when we dig deeper, we have some work to do. Protein is one of the most expensive parts of the ration and there remain vast opportunities to improve protein efficiency.

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The formulation and management of dairy cow diets has become increasingly more dependent on computer programming and modeling over the past two decades.

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There has been a lot of focus in recent years on the amount of methane (CH4) emissions produced by dairy cows. In 2009, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy set a voluntary goal of reducing enteric methane emission levels 25 percent by 2020, and last year California announced regulation requiring a 40 percent reduction in whole-farm methane emissions between 2013 and 2030.

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Corn silage is a high-quality feedstuff that allows you to capture high-moisture corn and a roughage source that can be used in all aspects of the beef cattle industry – feeding cows in confinement, growing cattle and finishing cattle in feedlots.

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Crops in the field have naturally occurring microorganisms growing on them, which can affect the ensiling process. These common questions can help you prepare for a more successful harvest.

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