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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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Obviously, the right nutrition has a significant impact on the health of your herd. But delivering those nutrients consistently every time can play a large role in whether cows are productive and healthy.

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Feed mixing and delivery is one of the most important activities on the dairy. Mixing and feeding a total mixed ration (TMR) is a multiple-times-per-day activity. Doing this job accurately and consistently time and time again, batch after batch and day after day is critical to production (volume and components), animal health and overall farm economics.

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2020 was a year we will never forget, no matter how hard we try. The calendar has turned to a new year and we are moving forward, but it is still important for dairy producers to look back and analyze their corn silage for potential mycotoxins and risks as they feed it during the winter months.

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Every March, the madness begins. Avid college basketball fans will recognize the reference as more than 130 men’s and women’s Division 1 college basketball teams vie for the championship trophies, knowing full well that for all but two teams, their final game of the season will be a loss.

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Trace minerals are one of the smallest components in a cow’s diet, but they are essential nutrients for animal health and productivity (Table 1).

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In many parts of the U.S., small-grain forages are increasing in popularity and can make excellent feed for milk cow rations when harvested at the correct stage of maturity and put up at proper moisture levels.

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