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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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Erin Mosley is owner of Mosley Dairy Consulting LLC and lives in Canal Winchester, Ohio. She provides independent dairy nutrition consultation focusing on the utilization of currently available software and technology to aid in the evaluation of feed- and cow-health-related data to help identify key areas of opportunity for production, health and financial improvement.

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When asked for several years what I viewed as “normal” in production agriculture, the reply was often something to the effect, “Extreme volatility in dairy and beef margins (per hundredweight) is our normal.”

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“Veterinarian dies after being trapped in collapsed silage pile.”

“18-year-old dies in pack tractor rollover accident in a bunker silo.”

“Teenage farm worker dies in silage defacer entanglement.”

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Your best employee should be in charge of feeding your herd, including weighing, mixing, delivery and monitoring rations. This individual can make or break the feeding program, rumen health and profitability.

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BMR sorghum has been increasing in acres across the region north of the Mason-Dixon line. Most farmers, agronomists and seed sales professionals use harvest and feeding information from years of experience in Texas and across the South.

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Mold and mycotoxin development in corn ears and stalks, and the resulting corn silage, continues to be a major concern for dairy producers. Mycotoxins can result in a range of problems for livestock throughout the year as they are ingested with the feed.

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