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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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Have you ever wondered if those additives you put in the feed at such low inclusion rates actually make it to each cow?

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The goal of ensiling a forage crop is to conserve as much as possible of the nutrient and dry matter (DM) content in the crop at the time of harvest.

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Non-nutritive feed components have become a lightning rod topic over the past six to 12 months. A promising growing season in 2016 yielded less than desirable quality and some contaminants in many regions.

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Optimizing the health and production of dairy cows is largely achieved by ensuring that cows maintain sufficient nutrient intakes to meet their requirements. For that reason, high-quality diets need to be formulated to meet those requirements.

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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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