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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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After analyzing corn, spring wheat, barley and triticale samples from across Canada as part of the 2016 Alltech Canada harvest analysis, the results indicated a high risk for the presence of mycotoxins in total mixed rations (TMR), distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and silage.

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The political season has come and gone in the U.S.. Candidates often campaign on promises of change and improvements, but sometimes carry-through of these assurances doesn’t come to fruition.

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You know the routine – as soon as the tractor starts, every cow on the farm gets up and rushes the feedbunk. By the time the feed arrives, all the animals are waiting impatiently and acting like they haven’t been fed in days.

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In many parts of North America, there can be a surplus of whole-plant corn acres left over for corn grain harvesting once the silage tonnage requirements are met.

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For many of us, 2016 is a year that will not be forgotten for some time. This past growing year presented many drought condition challenges compared with 2015.

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Advances in forage genetics, harvesting, ensiling, management practices and forage analysis – in addition to dynamic ration-balancing software – have allowed dairy farms to progressively feed increasing amounts of forage to their lactating cows.

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