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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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Total mixed ration (TMR) variability: We know it exists, but evaluating the true extent and impact of this phenomenon can be a daunting task. Cows love consistency, so when looking at inherent TMR variability, we may often wonder about the impact on animal performance.

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In the day-to-day churn of our dairy farms, it’s easy to lose sight of things that can have a direct impact on our efficiency and profits.

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Early in the 20th century, researchers found that fat-free diets had adverse effects on growth in rats. This newly discovered “factor” was suspected to be a vitamin which they labeled at the time vitamin F.

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This article is the first of a two-part series.

Accurate quantification of digestible amino acid supply from high-protein feedstuffs is important for characterization of feeds.

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Almost every dairy samples and analyzes their forages, commodities and feed at some point in time. It is generally recognized that collecting this information periodically is necessary for proper development and formulation of the various feeds used on the farm.

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Feed production amounts to roughly a quarter of dairy’s overall greenhouse gas footprint.

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