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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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Corn silage and alfalfa haylage are great forage sources for dairy cattle and are common to the northeast U.S. However, there are other forage alternatives available to dairy producers. Increasing the variety of forages grown on a farm can decrease the impact of diseases, pests and climatic changes on a farm’s forage supply.

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As we get into the warmer weather, dairy producers and their consultants should be on the lookout for subtle changes in cow behavior, along with changes in forage and feedbunk stability. These changes are a result of increases in both the environmental temperature and relative humidity, as measured by the temperature-humidity index (THI).

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Forage harvest and quality can be like a wedding. This may seem comical at first read, but stick with me and understand how. With both harvest and a wedding, we start with great expectations, but in some cases those expectations are not met.

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Doing more with less. For dairy producers facing tough market conditions, this adage rings more true now than ever.

You are constantly looking for ways to be sustainable while keeping both your herd and bottom line healthy.

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Shades, misters and fans are all in place and running, but it’s still a hot summer day. You know the cows are starting to feel the effects of the heat because they aren’t eating as much. What else can you do? Protect them by changing their diet.

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If you are looking for higher yields, stockpiled feed for the summer slump as well as better soil, growing corn for your cows to graze instead of perennial grasses may be the answer.

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