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“People haven’t seen things this bad since 1964.”

That is what University of Wisconsin – Madison Extension Crops and Soils Agent Kevin Jarek said, Sept. 25, at the “Meeting Tomorrow’s Feeding Challenges Today” seminar held in Kimberly, Wisconsin.

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You have probably heard it said that the nutrition and health status of dairy animals are unmistakably linked to one another. In the same way we humans lose our appetites when sick or feel poorly when our diets are unhealthy, proper nutrition is required for a cow’s immune system to function adequately. Likewise, its immune status influences the direction of nutrients in the body. Gut health specifically is correlated to optimal performance in dairy animals, with up to 70% of a cow’s immune response protecting the gastrointestinal tract.

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As nutritionists, we once thought adding the correct level of neutral detergent fiber (NDF) to the diet was all that was required to create a healthy rumen and thus allow the protein and energy contained within the diet to be used to produce milk.

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Researchers are increasingly identifying the implication of microbial growth in dairy feed ingredients and feed. Not only does the growth of mold and wild yeast strains in these rations impact the nutritional composition of the diet, they generate heat, which impacts palatability, and certain mold species generate harmful toxins, which impact animal performance.

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Look, listen and feel – critical words and concepts you learn in first aid and CPR that are imperative to assess a person’s well-being who’s been traumatized.

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Mastitis records are an essential part of dairy herd management for many progressive dairy operations. The adage of “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” holds true when it comes to mastitis management.

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