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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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Ruminants are particularly affected by heat stress for several reasons. First, the heat from rumen fermentation is a plus during colder weather because it operates as an “internal furnace” for ruminants.

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Total mixed rations (TMRs) as we know them today are an invention of primarily the last 50 years. Prior to TMRs, dairy herds were fed predominantly forages with a limited amount of grain delivered at milking time.

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At first glance, the 2019 corn crop looks very similar to the 2018 corn crop.

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For the last few months, it seems immunity has been at the forefront of our thought process – not just for the dairy industry but worldwide.

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The cost of feed is by far the main expense for a dairy operation, representing around half of the cost to produce milk on a dairy.

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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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