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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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Corn is a vital part of most rations in Canada and comes in many forms: corn silage, dry corn and high-moisture corn (including earlage or snaplage). This article will focus on high-moisture corn.

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As many hay producers and operators know, one of the most challenging aspects of baling hay is determining its quality and relative feed value (RFV).

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Fat and fatty acid (FA) digestion and metabolism in dairy cattle is of considerable interest both to scientists and the dairy industry. The subject has received renewed interest for a number of reasons: First, we now recognize FAs can have specific and potent effects on ruminant digestion and metabolism.

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Is your herd’s milk production being maximized? Is lactation performance being limited by a nutrient deficiency such as an amino acid deficiency? The potential for milk production is driven by energy.

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From growing, storing and feeding, silage is a big investment of time and money for producers, year over year. Up to 60 percent of the average farm’s expenses are feed-related.

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Selecting and planting high-quality alfalfa seed is a critical first step for establishing a healthy, productive stand that can last three to four years – or more. Choosing a variety that stems from high-performing genetics, is protected with a fungicide seed treatment and planted at the appropriate rate can lead to high yields and long stand life.

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